The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation announced yesterday that they were reversing their earlier decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from their grant recipient pool. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to be funding them, either.
As some were quick to point out, the statement put out by Komen doesn’t really clarify whether Planned Parenthood will actually continue to get money from the group. The original rationale for barring Planned Parenthood was that it was under investigation (a witch-hunt probe undertaken by GOP Rep Cliff Stearns). Komen said today that the group would “amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.”
All that means is that Planned Parenthood is eligible to apply for the grants, not that they’ll get them. So it’s not exactly a concession, and Komen can still turn them down.
I have to say that there has always been something a little off-putting about the Komen foundation. I can’t put my finger on it, but they’ve always been far more visible in their self-promotion — and some weird ones at that — than they have been about actually finding a cure for breast cancer. That’s not to say they’re not trying, but all I see are the pink ribbon promotions and very little news about the research they’re funding.
The foundation has done a lot of damage to their public image this week; first by pissing off the progressives by dissing Planned Parenthood for political reasons, and now the other side by seeming to cave to pressure. And none of it has advanced the cause of curing or treating breast cancer.