Standing In The Gap Of The Real And Perceived
The article above reports that the Susan G. Komen foundation has halted funding to Planned Parenthood. Published by a National Public Radio affiliate, the report says plainly that this is not an aberration for the Komen foundation, but a simple application of existing policy at the organization to suspend funding for any group that is under federal investigation, a description which fits Planned Parenthood regarding the possible use of federal funds for abortions.
Of course, Planned Parenthood spins Komen’s decision as succumbing to political pressure, stating that Komen “bowed to… bullying,” when that is obviously not the case. What I want to know is, if the Komen foundation reverses this decision and violates its own policy because of the outcry, will Planned Parenthood level the same accusation when it actually applies?
When what is essentially a status update between two private institutions eliminates funding from a single source for a diagnostic test of questionable value, and that update is treated as sacrilege upon a sacred shrine, somebody out there needs to get a grip.
Will Planned Parenthood soon start issuing fatwas over political cartoons as well? Is freedom of association and speech only for those who agree with Planned Parenthood? Why is Planned Parenthood jeopardizing a long term relationship with the Komen Foundation over what may very well be a very temporary circumstance? If Planned Parenthood has been following the law, it has nothing to worry about. If it has not, its reaction to a decision of prudence on the part of an ally only highlights Planned Parenthood’s desperation, and that will draw a level of scrutiny to this investigation that Planned Parenthood may well regret.
Truthfully, Planned Parenthood is beginning to lose the war for public support on a number of fronts. Those interested in why can find an intelligent discussion on the matter in George Grant‘s excellent and thoroughly documented foreword to R.C. Sproul‘s recent book, “Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue.” Click on the “foreword” link above, skip to page 11 to bypass the endorsements and title pages, and then sit down for a spell and soak it up.