Komen for the Cure’s decision to break with Planned Parenthood over a Congressional investigation based on doctored videos was, all things being told, a bad one. Bad for women, bad for Komen’s credibility, and, as TBogg points out, bad for Komen’s future viability.
TBogg points out that Komen’s new fellow travelers are about as concerned with women’s health as I am with NASCAR standings, which is part of the problem. But Komen has a deeper issue here: the impetus for those anti-choice conservatives flocking to their side in the first place.
Komen brings in substantially north of $300 million in revenue. Its grants to Planned Parenthood totalled roughly $600,000. This means that Komen’s new friends were withholding support over .2% of its funding going to an organization that performed abortions with entirely separate money. Now that they’ve made the political decision to side with people whose main source of political knowledge is the archive of false e-mails at Snopes, there’s a larger and far more precarious issue: anti-choicers’ invariable tendency toward rubedom.
Within a month, there will be an e-mail or a WorldNetDaily article or a Washington Examiner column. And the column will allege, through a vastly simplified chain of events, that Komen is once again engaged in the perfidy of tangential liberalism. People for the American Way once co-sponsored a 5K, Komen let halal companies use the pink ribbon, Hillary Clinton gets mammograms; something is going to set them off.
Eventually, Komen’s not going to be able to placate them, probably because the actual controversy will make no sense whatsoever. After a few weeks of trying to understand why it can’t partner with Campbell’s Soup, the donations rewarding this week’s decision will dry up. The Planned Parenthood investigation will go away. All Komen will be left with is a vastly reduced donor pool, and a large group of former donors that either remember Komen’s actual betrayal, or will spend every minute looking to manufacture betrayals.
They should’ve just stuck to Awareness Doritos.