Sunday, February 5, 2012

Did Komen Really Reverse Its Position?

Supposedly Susan G. Komen for the Cure has apologized and reversed its prior decision not to fund Planned Parenthood. Komen has not, however, definitively confirmed future support. The part of its statement dealing with future grants is actually ambiguous:

We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants [emphasis mine], while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

Komen, then, will honor the commitment it has already made and allow Planned Parenthood to apply for future support. Komen board member John Rafaelli commented to The Plum Line in this non-committal spirit:

“It would be highly unfair to ask us to commit to any organization that doesn’t go through a grant process that shows that the money we raise is used to carry out our mission. We’re a humanitarian organization. We have a mission. Tell me you can help carry out our mission and we will sit down at the table.”

So is Planned Parenthood’s providing breast cancer screenings to thousands of low income women not part of Komen’s mission?

Image: Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Is an apology that begins with "If I've done anything...." and concludes with "then I apologize" really an apology? To me, the comparison warrants consideration.

Jeff Tone said...

That's the standard political apology: completely equivocal.