2/4, 7a: HT to Kel for spotting this on the Daily Kos…
The apology was nothing more than an attempt to control the damage done to the Komen brand, but the traditional media nonetheless did the work for the foundation by reporting it as a reversal of the Komen Foundation’s decision.
But it’s not.
1) My source inside Komen has dried up. Don’t know for how long. Maybe forever. I’m now winging it.
2) Because we do not yet know whether Komen actually did or didn’t capitulate to Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers should again withhold donations, IMO. I might even try to get my money back. It may be a year before we find out – when Komen issues new grants or reissues old ones – although it may be sooner. I’ve read of one Komen affiliate offering a grant to a local Planned Parenthood that never even got one before. That’s how crazy this situation has gotten.
Nevertheless, the initial exhilaration on the Left of a win over the evil breast cancer foundation is subsiding. Suspicious minds are having second thoughts, coming to the same conclusion I did.
At least one Komen board member agrees Komen did not say what the Left thought it said. From the Washington Post, which got a quote from John Raffaelli:
I just got off the phone with a Komen board member, and he confirmed that the announcement does not mean that Planned Parenthood is guaranteed future grants – a demand he said would be “unfair” to impose on Komen.
From Mother Jones:
Given what Komen officials have said about their new standards requiring direct services, Friday’s letter leaves one big question—whether Planned Parenthood meets Komen’s criteria for future grants—still unresolved.
From Will Neville at RH Reality Check:
The Komen Foundation’s statement says that it “will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.” And that’s where we hit the real problem. From the beginning, the Foundation has been clear that no current grants will be affected. As such, this is NOT a reversal of any kind.
Planned Parenthood will remain “eligible” for future grants, but the Komen Foundation has made no commitment to continue funding or to preserve its relationship with Planned Parenthood in years to come….
Whether the Komen Foundation’s statement dos in fact signal a reversal of its policy towards Planned Parenthood remains to be seen. It is entirely possible that they intend to fund Planned Parenthood cancer screening services in the future, and we hope they do. It is equally possible that this is simply a public relations move designed to diffuse a lucrative brand from spiraling out of control – and the Komen Foundation will quietly reject future grant proposals from Planned Parenthood once they are out of the media spotlight.
From the Huffington Post:
To be clear, Komen’s apology is not a promise to renew Planned Parenthood grants. It’s a promise to “continue to fund existing grants” to the organization – which it was already planning on doing – and to make it eligible for future grants. At no point in the press release does Brinker promise that Komen will renew grants to Planned Parenthood.