Gee, they reversed their decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
And the rightwing politico vice-president of public relations is gone now too.
So, does this mean we are all happy families again?
Is it time to pull out all the pink ribbons, and start prepping for the next run?
The rightwing types who ran to Komen’s defense accused Planned Parenthood and their supporters of “politicizing” the matter.
Their refrain was “Komen can spend their money any way they want to.”
Komen has no money.
What they have are donations from people who gave time and money freely, believing that Komen was an honest broker dealing with a single, women’s health issue.
And anyone who gave to them has a perfect right to ask about what has been done with their donations.
So much for spin.
I think it is safe to say that no one contributing to Komen did so under the impression that they were contributing to an attack on women’s right to reproductive choice.
Even people who might contribute to to such an attack elsewhere, had no reason to believe that Komen had such an agenda, since Komen claimed to be a single-issue organization.
A place where the exclusive focus on breast cancer would allow people from all political perspectives to focus on this one goal.
A goal that was seen as non-political.
Many people contributing to Komen came to that support via Planned Parenthood,.which itself helped promote Komen events.
Planned Parenthood is the older, and – cynical political attacks from the rightwing aside – the more respected organization.
Planned Parenthood has not changed their activities.
Komen’s initial hiring of Handel is where politics came in.
A rightwing political wannabe, Handel couldn’t get herself elected governor in Georgia where she ran with an explicit campaign pledge to eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood.
Having failed with the voters, she went for a cushy private sector job provided by corporate types who liked the cut of her jib.
And she found it with Komen, whose board looked at her and said “That’s our girl!”
They hired her for who she is and the vision she offered.
This was a politically-motivated hiring.
Handel may be gone now, but the people who hired her are still running things.
I see no reason to trust them.
Komen aren’t the only people who support research against cancer:
Komen aren’t the only people who work for women’s health issues.
There is no dearth of places to send your donations to support these causes, and trust them to be put to use appropriately, even though Komen has proved untrustworthy.