From Robert George and O. Carter Snead, in a Wall Street Journal editorial on the whole Komen – Planned Parenthood controversy:
The Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated since 1982 to fighting, and one day curing, breast cancer, decided to extricate itself from the culture wars by discontinuing grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions.
On Planet Wingnuttia, caving in to the demands of one side is “staying neutral in the culture wars.”
The organization’s allies demonized the charity, attempting to depict the nation’s most prominent anti-breast cancer organization as a bedfellow of religious extremists. A Facebook page was set up to “Defund the Komen Foundation.” In short, Planned Parenthood took breast-cancer victims as hostages.
And the evidence is quite clear that they are, in fact, a bedfellow of religious extremists. The entire thing was orchestrated by a Republican from Georgia, now VP of Komen, who is stridently anti-choice and anti-gay, all due to her religious beliefs. This isn’t demonization, it’s accurate reporting. And why is it that when their side makes a case for their position and people respond by publicly criticizing and withdrawing their support, that’s fine — but when the other side does it, they’re “taking hostages”? The double standard could hardly be plainer.
Komen’s leaders had good reason to believe their organization could disintegrate under Planned Parenthood’s assault.
Planned Parenthood didn’t assault anyone. Supporters of the organization and women’s rights advocates expressed their disapproval and made the choice to use their contributions to support someone else if Komen didn’t reverse their decision. They did the exact same thing that the anti-choice groups did to pressure Komen to withdraw the funding, they just did it more effectively. Get over it. Or by all means, do the same thing — vote with your money. Refuse to support Komen. You have every right to do so. But stop the special pleading and irrational arguments, for crying out loud.