I was on the road yesterday afternoon when the news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure was defunding Planned Parenthood.
Since then abortion proponents and news organizations have worked themselves into a frenzy speculating why it happened and who is to blame – from George W. Bush, to new SGK VP of public policy Karen Handel.
This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write what I know.
I have a source who reaches into the SGK board of directors. My source told me in December this split was in the works but that SGK did not want to make a big splash about it. Their plan was to disentangle from Planned Parenthood quietly and move on.
It was Planned Parenthood, not SGK, that tipped off the Associated Press with the news of the break, just as it was Planned Parenthood that tipped off the AP about Live Action’s sex trafficking sting, and Planned Parenthood that tipped off Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff about Congressman Cliff Stearns’ investigation.
Planned Parenthood’s modus operandi is to try to destroy its enemy first. Planned Parenthood does this to try to manage the messaging and ameliorate the damage. Note from the AP article:
Komen, while not publicly announcing its decision to halt the grants, has conveyed the news to its 100-plus U.S. affiliates. Richards said she was informed via a phone call from Komen’s president, Elizabeth Thompson, in December.
My source said Planned Parenthood broke the story for an additional reason: to frighten other corporations from trying to do what SGK did. See what will happen to you if you dare, is Planned Parenthood’s underlying warning. My source said this will not work. Other organizations are anticipated to follow SGK’s lead.
People are speculating whether SGK will begin funding PP again if the Stearns’ investigation goes nowhere. The answer is no. Two reasons, according to my source.
First, PP burned a bridge by breaking the story. Second, note SGK’s new criteria that stipulates it will give no grant money to “organizations that are under local, state or federal investigations.” Aside from the federal investigation, Planned Parenthood is currently being investigated in several states. Those will never end. There will always be another. SGK does not plan to fund PP ever again.
SGK’s back-up plan is to initiate another new policy that will only allow grants to go to organizations that focus on breast health.
The biggest reason SGK stopped funding Planned Parenthood? “Nancy Brinker [SGK chairwoman, pictured right] said she was spending nearly half her time dealing with the Planned Parenthood issue,” said my source. “She decided she just couldn’t do it any longer.”
Quite simply, Planned Parenthood is poison.
According to my source, there are still five SGK affiliates that have contractual agreements with Planned Parenthood thru 2012, made before the new policy was enacted. The Denver SGK affiliate says its agreement with PP runs through March 2013.
Nevertheless, I think pro-lifers should start donating to SGK now to show our appreciation. And we should also thank SGK for doing the right thing. You can do both here. At present pro-aborts are pummeling SGK. As we all know, they excel at bullying.