Perhaps the best thing to come from the Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle this month is that now the secret is out in the open: Over the years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has given millions of dollars - $569,000 in 2010 alone - to Planned Parenthood (PPFA).
Say what? How could a wildly-successful life-affirming charity be financially intertwined with the number one abortion provider, specially given the research connecting abortion to breast cancer? It's a question pro-life advocates had been asking for years, in missives to Komen and any audience at our disposal. But when we tried to explain why we wouldn't wear the ribbon or participate in the annual Race for the Cure, we couldn't seem to get the message through the ever-denser haze generated by the pink fog machine.
It was after all, kind of David against Goliath. Founded in 1982 by the grieving sister of a 36-year-old breast cancer victim, Komen currently generates $400 million in earnings annually and 100,000 volunteers. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which started in 1983 with 800 participants, last year boasted 1.6 million participants. And the ubiquitous pink ribbon - just introduced in 2007 - now shows up on everything from sunglasses to yogurt cups to NFL uniforms.
And so it was that despite my initial despair after the 48-hour emotional roller-coaster of Komen defunding PPFA, being brutalized by media bloodhounds, dragged back like a slave to the plantation for a public whipping as an example to other potential strays, then begging forgiveness - my despair turned to hope when after church Sunday a fellow parishioner said to me, "I never knew Komen gave money to Planned Parenthood."
So hallelujah! Now we all know. And now we are free to choose - with eyes wide open - whether to say yes to pink, when part of that yes becomes no to life.
Hence our jubilation at the abrupt January 31 announcement that Komen would halt funding PPFA - ostensibly because its bylaws preclude funding to organizations under investigation and PPFA is currently under investigation in Congress, and in multiple states for multiple issues. In fact, The Alliance Defense Fund reports 20 percent of Planned Parenthood offices are under investigation for financial irregularities.
Pro-life bloggers grabbed this good news and ran with it, resulting in a donation stampede for Komen which brought in over a million dollars in one day - a phenomenal show of gratitude and support.
But rather than gracefully accepting the loss of barely $700,000 a year, PPFA went into high dudgeon, sending a plea to their supporters signed by President Cecile Richards accusing Komen of caving to anti-choice groups. But the $400,000 they raised that day was nothing compared to the havoc they raised by contacting mutual corporate sponsors of PPFA and Komen, and threatening to rally their mailing list to boycott any who refused to drop their support Komen.
All of a sudden, leftists were no longer feeling the love for Komen. Within 48 hours, the Sacred Pink Ribbon became an object of scorn, with exposes like ultra-leftist Mother Jones' cartoon editorial of Komen as a Pink Laundromat where corporations like Coca-Cola. General Mills and 3M send in their dollars and have them pink-washed of the guilt of using toxic chemicals which may lead to - you guessed it - breast cancer.
Why did this never matter before?
Could it be because when it comes to Planned Parenthood, they own more territory and have more power than most Americans realize? With an annual budget of over one billion dollars - at least one third from your tax dollars - Planned Parenthood performs more abortions than anyone in the US - 329,445 recorded in 2010 alone.
Still, with over a billion in annual revenues, why would Planned Parenthood worry about the loss of Komen's paltry contribution? Well, it goes back to the runaway slave analogy and the need to make an example of someone who tried to buck the status quo - no matter how unimportant they are in the large scheme of things. We all need to know that those who turn on Planned Parenthood will be hunted down and crippled for life. Does anyone think that the Komen Foundation, although they repented of their transgressions , will ever be the same?