Planned Parenthood vs Women: PP Getting Its Thug On!

-By Warner Todd Huston

Recently the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced that it was no longer going to be offering funds and grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion mill operator. This decision has sent Planned Parenthood over the edge of both sanity and civility with a new fundraising letter that dispenses with its past staid talk about women’s healthcare and goes straight for thuggish threats of retaliation, finger pointing, and attacks on other women.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a well known breast cancer-fighting charity, decided to withhold further donations to the abortion provider for several reasons, one of which is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Congress for violating various state abortion laws.

Last month the Associated Press reported Komen’s new criteria and why it is excluding PP. “Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities,” the report said. “According to Komen, this applies to Planned Parenthood because it’s the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.”

The foundation gave more than $569,000 to Planned Parenthood in 2010.

As to the charges against Planned Parenthood that are pending in the congressional investigation, you might recall the stellar work of Lila Rose whose videos brought to our attention that Planned Parenthood was violating state laws by ignoring requirements to report child abuse and rape while pushing abortions on minors.

But Planned Parenthood apparently isn’t taking this lying down. They aren’t just lamenting Komen’s decision, they are getting mad.

In a fundraising letter emailed to supporters, the abortion provider proved themselves to be less a “healthcare” organization, and more the ideologically driven advocacy group that detractors say they are. The email is blunt and asks supporters to sign onto the extremist rhetoric and send it on to others. Most interesting, the letter doesn’t just attack opponents in general but specifically attacks women that oppose Planned Parenthood.

Here is the text of that shockingly harsh letter: (CLICK HERE for a screen shot of the letter)

This is for all the anti-choice, anti-women people out there.

Listen up.

You can spend every minute of every day trying to force the rest of us to live by your ideology. You can go after federal funds for health care and pressure private organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to stop funding breast cancer screenings for poor women. You can try to make it impossible to get birth control.

But you know what you can’t do? You can’t win. You can’t break us. Planned Parenthood isn’t just a family of organizations. It’s a movement. It’s women and men of all ages who believe that health care — including reproductive health care — is a basic human right. We are millions strong. We are everywhere. We act, we give, and we do whatever it takes to make sure that Planned Parenthood is there for the women, men, and teens who rely on them.

Know this: When you go after Planned Parenthood and the people they serve, you go after ME. I stand with Planned Parenthood. I stand with them against anyone who wants to stop women from receiving the health care they need. I stand with them today, tomorrow, and for as long as I need to.

I don’t now about you but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fundrasing letter like this supposedly emanating from a “health care” organization. Imagine if a hospital or other medical organization sent such a letter as this to its customers.

Also amazing is the bald attack on women who don’t agree with PP. This also proves that they aren’t an organization interested in women, but one only interested in women that agree with their ideologically extreme position on abortion.

In any case, what we seem to be seeing here is the last bit of a veneer of legitimacy ripped from Planned Parenthood. It is now fully embracing its ideological drive toward infanticide and has cast away any pretext that it is at all interested in mere healthcare. With this letter Planned Parenthood is admitting that it is a “movement,” not a healthcare provider.

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  • Sometimes I wonder if you're reading the same news stories that I am...

    The backlash started the moment average, ordinary women who were supporters of Komen realized that this was nothing more than a politically motivated ploy against Planned Parenthood. There was no organization behind the protest - women read the news, women commented on news sites, women posted on Komen's Facebook page, and women started making donations directly to PP and vowed, on their own accord, to stop donating money and time to Komen.

    Within 24 hours PP raised $400,000 of the $680,000 it formerly received from Komen. Mayor Bloomberg pledged to add $250k while a Texas couple also matched that amount. Clearly, WOMEN have spoken that politics do NOT belong in the discussion of women's healthcare. That's the whole story.

    The anti-choice crowd has singled out PP because it performs abortions, although that only amounts to 3% of what they actually do. The rest is providing health care to women and men that can't otherwise afford it. That's a fact, readily available on the Internet, but for some reason, it doesn't fit into the anti-choice, villainous narrative.

    Getting back to Komen, women are finally waking up to the fact that this organization has grown into a scam that rewards its top management with large salaries and delivers a paltry 11% of donations received to actual cancer research. It also has the audacity to sue any not-for-profit organization that dares to use the phrase "for the cure" in its fundraising efforts. It spends as much on litigation to protect its trademark - a trademark that it didn't even develop along with the ribbon that was developed originally for AIDS awareness - as it does on helping women with cancer.

    This was the straw that broke the camel's back. Women who believe that women's health is a woman's choice are deciding in record numbers that Komen is not an organization they care to support any longer. That is their choice, regardless of any encouraging emails by loosely-affiliated PP supporters or moveon.org. Komen board members are resigning in protest, as well.

    However you choose to spin this, Komen has drawn a line in the sand and said "we are now Pro Life and are resigned to serve only the needs of our anti-choice supporters". That was Komen's choice and Komen will suffer the consequences, just as any other business that decides to inject partisan politics into its business practices.

    If you believe the "under investigation" rationale you are naive. They still do business with Bank of America (also under Congressional investigation). They have also stopped working with organizations involved in stem cell research. It is a politically-motivated, calculated business decision.

    Unlike the "pro life" side, the pro choice movement is driven by women on behalf of women. If they choose to call out anti-choice women for being anti-woman, that is their prerogative. Men need to get out of the way once and for all and let women resolve this issue amongst themselves.

    If Komen falters, it shows which side women are on. I think Komen awakened a sleeping giant and I'm anxious to see how this plays out.

  • In reply to Brent Cohrs:

    Speaking about NOT reading something!! I never siad ANYTHING about Komen's motivation, yet you decided I and Komen they announced "we are now pro-life." I never said that nor even hinted anything of the kind and neither did they. But you've seen fit to impress your political ideology on the story.

    And the fact that activist infanticide supporters organized their forces "within 24 hours" should not surprise anyone. These people have been well organized for a generation.

    Of course the fact is, Planned Parenthood is only and solely an abortion mill. The claim that they are for "women's health" is laughable. Over 80% of the women that go to PP do so for an abortion and most PP sites don't even offer mammograms (you know, the thing Komen was funding?).

    But your biggest liberal lie is that abortion equates to "healthcare." It does not. Convenience abortion, infanticide, the euphemistic "choice," whatever you call it it is NOT "healthcare" by any stretch of the imagination.

    As to your claim that Komen is "just a scam," I have no opinion on that. In fact, I don't even care. I am not here to defend Komen. As long as it isn't giving money to the baby-killing Planned Parenthood that is where my interest begins and ends. Actually, I think most of these cancer "cure" charities are scams to a great extent.

    Finally, what is most interesting is your whole assumption that Planned Parenthood represents "women." But it doesn't. It represent only those women that want to be able to kill babies. As the fundraising letter that I reveal in the story above proves, if you don't agree with PP, you are an enemy whether you are a woman or not. This proves PP is not interested in "healthcare." Only in its political agenda.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    What is most unfortunate is that you, a man, feels he has the knowledge and right to comment on women's health. I don't know where you are getting your 80% figures - obviously made up in your mind - but as a WOMAN, I have utilzed the low cost services for pap smears and annual women's checkups back when I did not have the money to afford health insurance.

    Now, many years later, I have not forgotten how that helped me stay healthy at a time when I had no other options and I am proud to continue to support this organization.

    You insult every woman in our society, even those that agree with your political ideology, when you claim to speak on behalf of women's health as if you are knowledgeable about it.

    You should be ashamed of yourself - but I'm sure you are much too stuck on your narrow-minded focus on abortions (which you cannot even have) to consider that you should limit your comments to something you are actually have facts (not opinions) to back up..

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Well Warner, it didn't take very long after my comment for Komen to reverse course and ask for people to "calm down". PP will once again be eligible for grants as if nothing has happened.

    But, unfortunately, it has happened. Komen's non-apology came after realizing just how bad the public backlash was against its BRAND. While Karen Brinker changed her explanation for both decisions numerous times, it was clear to anyone that cared to read between the lines that this decision was one step too far. So if I assumed Komen took a right turn in ideology when it hired failed GOP candidate Karen Handel, it certainly offered nothing in its non-apology to squelch anyone's perception of that.

    No matter though, as the right is in a quandary about Komen's reversal. It's not the abortion issue after all (as they claim it never was). It's not even about an investigation unless it's a CRIMINAL investigation and not some anti-choice witch hunt by a Tea Party Congressman. Komen has effectively refuted your claim that 80% of PP's work is providing abortions.

    What's a social conservative to do? You can't praise Komen for pulling funds anymore. If you truly believe PP is evil incarnate (and since Komen will still fund them), you have no choice but to withdraw support for Komen and rail against the organization.

    24-hour news cycles are a real bitch...

  • In reply to Brent Cohrs:

    LOL, Brent. Komen made a total hash of it all, didn't they?

    But you make a mistake. I've never "supported" Komen. I merely reported on what happened. Did you notice no words of support for OR against Komen? No, you didn't. Why? Because you are too busy with your left-wing political agenda and let it blind you to actual words right in front of you.

    Was I happy to see PP discomfited? Absolutely. I don't know why anyone is happy when a baby killing outfit has its way. But as to Komen, they are idiots for the mess they made of this whole thing, for sure. And I am certainly against anyone giving a penny to the infanticide-lovers at PP. Including the federal gov't which has no right at all to be doing so.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Warner, I apologize for implying that you supported them (although you don't support PP, that is clear). I need to make a conscious effort to substitute "one" for "you" when I write so that it remains more in the hypothetical realm.

    I wouldn't consider myself as having an agenda, especially about women's health issues. As I stated before, I am content to referee from the sideline and let women decide what is best for women.

    If we both step back and look at this objectively, I think we can both agree that organizations are free to make policy changes (like banks with their fees) and the public is free to perceive and respond to those changes, each as they see fit. While there may be third parties on either side attempting to exploit or exacerbate the situation, what we saw play out was pretty natural.

    The fact that no one at Komen has (yet) to lose her job over this is quite remarkable considering the damage it has done to the BRAND. We've seen politicians and executives resign in disgrace for less than this. It has me wondering what will happen next to Komen...

  • In reply to Brent Cohrs:

    Mark it in your book... I agree with the main points in your last comment. Thanks, Brent.

  • In a time when money is difficult to come by and daily people are losing jobs, homes and hope for the future – an organization that is in place solely to provide low/no cost medical screening and treatment to women (who are at least 50% of the folks affected by this economic crisis) is under attack.

    We should all think very carefully about why an issue like this would even occur at this time in our history – the year 2012. How in the world can an issue of women’s HEALTH - 50% of the planet’s population - be politicized? Can you even imagine us having a conversation about men’s health??! How much longer are we going to allow this marginalization to occur? Do you want your daughters to grow up continuing to be seen as issue that people can fight about and make decisions about as if we are not actually part of this system?

    You should embrace whatever your political doctrine, spiritual belief or social conscience steers you to embrace – and celebrate the fact that we live in a country where that is possible. But you might also want to spend some time thinking about the following:

    • MAN or WOMAN - You might end up with little to no financial or healthcare resources at some point and need to take advantage of services that are provided for those in just such situations. Wouldn’t it be awful if there were no more services left to help you?

    • Women make up more than 50% of the workforce and an increasing percentage of the political leadership – perhaps it is time to step forward and begin to LEAD in a meaningful way. Pay attention to what is going on around you and make good choices that will continue to help women take their places as equal partners in every way.

    It would be great if we could move toward the ideal that we are all human beings, deserving of being seen as equally important, not as second class citizens to be used as political footballs – to be discussed and have decisions made about as if we are not actually standing in the room. I hope you will do the same, by modeling the behavior that shows we can live in a harmonious way, working together, rather than in the classic war model where someone must lose in order for someone else to win and everyone is fair game; especially women.

  • In reply to OldSoul:

    You know who is insulting? YOU for acting as if only YOU know what's best for "women." Please don't peddel your intellectually dishonest idea that unless you are an abortion-loving woman then you somehow have neither the right nor the capability to talk about policies that might affect women. Your Balkanization of our nation is unwelcome.

  • Oh I see. A little bit of intellectual challenge and you go off the deep end and start hurling insults. Figures - I guess that is what I get for trying to share an opinion with some thought behind it.

    Thanks for setting me straight! And don't bother replying - I won't be dignifying any more of your drivel by reading it.

    Good luck and God bless.

  • In reply to OldSoul:

    Intellectual challenge?? You say that after saying this: "What is most unfortunate is that you, a man, feels he has the knowledge and right to comment on women's health."

    Your idea is inherently anti-intellectual. You basically said that no one that hasn't experienced a thing or cannot do so should therefore not be allowed to talk about it or make policy on it. That is inherently thought free, my friend!

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