The recent scandal involving the Susan G. Komen Foundation and their pulled funding of Planned Parenthood–and then their consequent caving, reinstating the funding–has been well documented over the past week. In case you missed it: Komen announced they would pull their financial support of Planned Parenthood early in the week, prompting millions of dollars in donations from pro-lifers across the country. In fact, Komen fundraising jumped by 100%. But by Friday afternoon, they had announced their decision to reverse course, leaving their new donors more than furious.
I have long railed against Komen because of their support for Planned Parenthood, even calling out Republican activists and candidates in Arkansas in the past for their participation in the Komen “Race for the Cure.” The response has typically been something like, “You’re crazy,” or “I don’t think that’s true.” I have been frustrated beyond end at the refusal of conservative, so-called ‘pro-lifers’ to admit that Komen does in fact support PP. Now that everyone has pretty much conceded that point, it appears that the defense of Komen has shifted. And of course, I can only bite my lip for so long.
Instead of ‘your crazy’ or ‘it’s not true,’ the defense of Komen that I have been hearing all week is even more atrocious in my mind: “Well, Planned Parenthood provides mammograms for poor women and I think we should still support these types of services, even though we disagree with abortion and PP’s conducting of abortions.” Some have even gone so far as to say that we should still give PP federal tax dollars because “the government can ensure that that money isn’t going to abortions.” If you don’t see a problem with this logic, then you are exactly who I am talking to.
Unfortunately the title of the post has spoiled the punchline, but here it is anyway: Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms for women, poor or otherwise. Sure, they have a page called “Mammograms” on their website, but they don’t even claim to offer mammogram services:
Ask your health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center about where you can get a mammogram in your area.
And even if PP did offer mammogram services, would this somehow excuse the hundreds of thousands of abortions that PP does per year to the point that it would be acceptable to support them financially? (which is what is happening when you support Komen, whether you want to admit it or not.)
How anyone who calls themselves “pro-life” can justify their support of this organization, or their sister organization Komen, is beyond me. And how Komen can continue to support PP–while research has now indicated that women under 40 who have abortions can increase their likelihood of breast cancer by 40%–is equally disturbing.
What’s also concerning is that while we’re winning the war for life–polls now show that the majority of Americans identify as “pro-life”–we’re losing these battles. We are losing ground.
We, as conservatives, lose when we allow liberals to distort the facts. Distortions (lies, really) such as “Well, Planned Parenthood saves lives of women through mammograms.” But we aren’t just losing the argument with liberals. We are losing the argument with undecideds, moderates, and independents. People who aren’t quite decided on the issue of life. We lose because these people aren’t aware of the media bias, the lies being told on television and almost every other media outlet every day. The Culture of Death is on the march. We lose because we don’t fight lies with truth.
Look, these topics aren’t easy to discuss. I’ve shied away from them at times. I’ve had more than a few blush-induced pauses while researching for this article. These aren’t easy or fun things to discuss, particularly because people are so passionate about these issues. But if we don’t fight back, the Left wins, and lives are lost. We have to fight back with the truth.