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The Komen Foundation’s Worst Week Ever

Yesterday, I wrote about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to withdraw its grants from Planned Parenthood. I said, “The left immediately went into spin mode, claiming the funds were used for breast screenings and without Komen’s grants, women’s health would be jeopardized.” Initially, the reasoning given was that the abortion provider was under congressional investigation. Later, the Foundation changed its explanation to indicate that the reason Planned Parenthood would no longer receive funding was because it does not provide mammograms to its patients. For the third time in two days, Komen has again changed its story, this time apparently caving to the rabidly pro-choice lobby. This morning, Komen released a statement:

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

A look through social media mentions of the breast cancer organization indicate they have achieved the next-to-impossible: They have angered almost every single American. Pro-choice and pro-life Americans feel betrayed and jerked around, moderates in the abortion debate are tired of seeing and hearing their friends on both sides of the debate battle it out. The abortion question is the most contentious of all public policy, and Komen has not only reignited the debate but it has also placed itself in the firing line of both sides.

Unfortunately for those on the pro-life side, there is no choice when it comes to funding Planned Parenthood. While they can choose not to give to Komen or any other charity that gives grants to Planned Parenthood, we are all obligated to pay taxes. Forty-six percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from government health and services reimbursements. That money comes from the forty-nine percent of Americans who are pro-life as well as the 45 percent of Americans who identify as pro-choice.

As if the country wasn’t fractured enough, we may have just seen the opening battle in the Abortion War of 2012. Just in time for election season.