It’s not just them. Planned Parenthood’s donations are up too. As of yesterday, they’d raised $400,000 since Komen’s decision to withhold future grants was announced — more than half the amount they received from Komen last year — and today Nanny Bloomberg promised them another $250,000.
Says Megan McArdle, “If only every culture war issue resulted in both sides vindictively donating to charity.”
“Our donations are up 100 percent in the past two days. With all of the emotion around these issues — which we understand, we get emotional too, we do this every single day of our lives,” Brinker said, explaining that they do not make decisions to be popular, they make them to fight cancer…
While pro-choicers believe the decision to sever the relationship was based in politics, Komen continues to argue that the decision was based on internal policy changes which dictate more stringent criteria for grants — which Planned Parenthood does not meet, including the fact that Planned Parenthood is under congressional investigation and does not offer on-site screening, having to refer patients for mammograms, treatment and diagnosis elsewhere.
“We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics,” Komen said in a statement Wednesday.
Below you’ll find Brinker’s none-too-convincing video statement from the Komen website assuring donors that the new policy wasn’t specifically crafted with Planned Parenthood in mind. The left is already having fun with that, wondering if Komen will also cut its millions of dollars in funding to Penn State because they’re the subject of a federal investigation related to Jerry Sandusky. I’m guessing no, as the House investigation of PP has to do specifically with the sort of systemic institutional financial impropriety (i.e. spending federal funds on abortion) that a grantor would/should be especially concerned about, but expect lots of complaining in the “why cut off PP if not XYZ?” variety going forward.
Speaking of which: Do we know for a fact just how much of Komen’s annual grant Planned Parenthood spends on breast-cancer screening specifically? John McCormack at the Standard alleges that PP is flatly lying when it claims it provides mammograms, pointing to this audio compiled by Lila Rose last year in her chats with PP personnel. Could be, but at least one PP chapter explicitly advertises mammograms on its website; it may be that others provide basic breast-cancer screening and then refer patients to doctors for full mammograms if necessary. Either way, it doesn’t much matter to the pro-life argument (which, of course, Komen claims it isn’t adopting). Money is fungible, so any dollar that’s spent on health care frees up a dollar elsewhere that PP can spend on abortions. That doesn’t seem to bother the feds, but apparently it bothers Komen management.
Update: Climbdown? Komen is claiming now that it’s not that the congressional investigation that gave them pause about PP but rather the fact that PP wasn’t doing enough mammograms on site.
So why did Planned Parenthood lose funding? Brinker says it has to do with the fact that they do not provide mammograms to women, but only provide mammogram referrals. “It was nothing they were doing wrong,” she explained. “We have decided not to fund, whereever possible, pass-through grants. We were giving them money, they were sending women out for mammograms. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms.”
Komen had initially funded 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates and, in the wake of new funding policies, will only continue funding three of those chapters. The three that will continue to receive funds are in Northern Colorado, Southern California and Waco, Tex., because “they are the only provider” of breast health services in the areas they serve, Brinker said.
The Waco chapter is the one I linked above as advertising mammograms on site. So much for the fungibility theory.