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Feb 09 2012

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Charmaine Yoest

One of the more amusing things about the dustup over the Komen foundation’s funding of Planned Parenthood is watching the “pro-life” folks — you know, the ones who think more women should die from breast cancer in order to thumb their noses at PP — decry that terrible pressure from their opponents that made Komen changed its position. Here’s Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life giving the anti-abortion crowd credit for pressuring Komen to pull the funding:

As a breast cancer survivor, I applaud the decision made by the Komen Foundation to discontinue their partnership with the billion-dollar, abortion mega-provider, Planned Parenthood. The work of the Komen Foundation has life-saving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death. When I learned that the foundation was using donated funds to support abortion providers, I stopped running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the future, I’ll be racing with them to support this courageous decision.

Komen says it is halting its funding of Planned Parenthood due to public pressure from pro-life groups and the impending Congressional investigation of the abortion giant. According to a report from the Associated Press, “Many of the allegations [which sparked the Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood] were outlined in a report presented to Stearns last year by Americans United for Life, a national anti-abortion group, which urged him to investigate.”

And here she is expressing outrage at the “shakedown” of Komen by women’s health advocates:

As a breast cancer survivor, I am troubled that the Komen Foundation has come under such heavy fire for their recent decision to tighten and focus their funding guidelines. This week we have all been witness to highly partisan attacks from pro-abortion advocates and an ugly and disgraceful shakedown that highlights Planned Parenthood’s willingness to pursue a scorched-earth strategy to force compliance with their pro-abortion agenda.

In related news, your stuff is shit and her shit is stuff.

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  1. 1
    Area Man

    This was entirely predictable. The right has been screeching about how horrible it is for liberals to tell a private charity what to do with it’s private funds, which was entirely a reaction to what conservatives told the private charity to do with its private funds.

    This goes beyond tactical hypocrisy. They really do believe that the rules apply differently to themselves.

  2. 2
    Nancy New, Queen of your Regulatory Nightmare

    Explain this to me again… Why is pressure from fundemantalist groups or individuals driven by groups perfectly ok–but pressure from non-fundamentalists/groups not OK? I think I missed that one AGAIN.

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    a miasma of incandescent plasma

    As a breast cancer survivor,
    As a breast cancer survivor,

    Which is to say “My opinion matters more than yours”.

    highlights Planned Parenthood’s willingness to pursue a scorched-earth strategy to force compliance with their pro-abortion agenda.

    Wait, PP is forcing Komen to give them money?? Did they use a gun? As a breast cancer survivor, how did Charmaine allow this to happen??

  4. 4
    Michael Heath

    As a breast cancer survivor . . .

    a miasma of incandescent plasma writes:

    Which is to say “My opinion matters more than yours”.

    I think it is relevant for breast cancer survivors to frame their argument within the context of this experience. I also support this general type of premise in all arguments, for example, I add weight to Sen. McCain’s arguments regarding torture policy because he was tortured. That consideration doesn’t blind me to the rest of his argument, but I do think this context provides a superior context within which to judge a person’s argument, similar to how we weigh an expert’s argument vs. someone who is not professionally engaged in the topic argued.

    My reaction is that this added context has me concluding she’s an even more despicable person because she survived breast cancer yet still wants to play politics in a way that deprives other women of the treatment she enjoyed. This is a demonstrable failure in character similar to Sen. McCain and Michael Behe’s when it comes to their making their respective cases on the administration of torture and scientific methodology .

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    marcus

    These are a few excerpt from Kathleen Parker’s regular column. Someone who generally writes from a somewhat moderate position (for a Rethuglican).
    “Nevertheless, given the rabid response from abortion-rights supporters, you’d think Brinker and her organization were running puppy mills for soup vendors.”
    “Coercion and intimidation are the tools of mobs and tyrants and have no place in this calculus.”
    Earlier she says that if we do not like Komen’s action that we should then boycott. But when we do we are accused of mob rule and tyranny (and a “rabid’ response).
    Side note: Our local chapter of Komen actually refused to follow the directive and said they would not defund the local Planned Parenthood office. Since this is Aspen,CO our chapter raises upwards of 4 million dollars a year for the charity. I have a feeling that the defection of several high profile affiliates was also a wake-up call for Komen.

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    parasiteboy

    The thing that really pisses me off is from her second statement in which she is implicitly equating pro-choice and with pro-abortion.

    Abortions happen for two reasons, one due to an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy or a medical necessity. People who are pro-choice want to see both of these reason’s reduced to as close to zero as possible which is why they also support increased access to contraception and better health care for pregnant women.

    I have never seen a pro-choice advocate celebrate an abortion…we don’t do a fucking abortion touchdown dance each time one happens. We just believe that is should be up to the individual and their doctors if either of the two situations I mentioned above arise.

  7. 7
    fifthdentist

    If only the forces of reason in this country were 1/100 as pervasive and effective as the mouth-breathers pretend them to be …

  8. 8
    fifthdentist

    Also, the Rude Pundit pointed out today that PP has prevented more abortions (through its other services) than all the anti-choice groups combined could ever dream of.

  9. 9
    D. C. Sessions

    If only the forces of reason in this country were 1/100 as pervasive and effective as the mouth-breathers pretend them to be …

    Remember, it’s not we are numerous (after all, they are the overwhelming majority — just ask them) it’s that we are mighty. Our strength is that of a multitude because …

    Hmm. May need to work on that one.

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    Area Man

    The thing that really pisses me off is from her second statement in which she is implicitly equating pro-choice and with pro-abortion.

    Shit, when have they not done this? I do not recall even once hearing an anti-abortion group acknowledge that pro-choice people aren’t in favor of more abortions. It’s precisely this attitude that The Onion lampooned with its abortionplex article.

  11. 11
    exdrone

    marcus says:

    you’d think Brinker and her organization were running puppy mills for soup vendors

    Homer Simpson: “Hmmmm, puppy soup … ahhhh.”

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