Despite the angry words and hurt feelings on both sides of the argument, this week's controversy will see both the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood come out ahead in one very important area: fundraising.
Komen's leaders continue to insist that their decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood is not about abortion politics; a defense that no one is buying, not even its loudest supporters. The new rule that they say is the cause of all this trouble -- that Komen will no longer give grants to organizations under investigation -- was created after Planned Parenthood became the target of a Congressional probe, has only been applied to Planned Parenthood so far, and would surely come back to bite the foundation in the future. Grants they've given to Penn State University are already being called into question and, as, Washington Senator Patty Murray pointed out, all it would take is one enterprising Congressperson to launch a probe against Komen itself and the entire organization would be in violation of its own rules.
Much of the online debate yesterday was about just how much of Planned Parenthood's services are abortion-related or how much that should matter. One telling quote from Rachael Larimore at Slate: "There are consequences, or should be, for an organization that continues to perform more and more abortions." Those saying Planned Parenthood is mostly about the free health screenings it provides (even if that is a huge chuck of their business) are also muddying the argument. This is a fight about abortion ... and that fight is fought with money.
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