It’s extremely disappointing that Komen has caved. But it’s hardly surprising given the onslaught they’ve endured over the course of the last few days. The American Association of University Women announced that it would no longer include Komen among community-service opportunities for young women, more than two dozen members of Congress signed a letter urging Komen to reverse its decision, and the press has had a hissy fit of major proportions.
But the language of the climb down is truly infuriating. Komen CEO Nancy Brinker released a statement saying: “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”
There is no inconsistency in trying to save the lives of women afflicted with breast cancer and declining to provide funding for an organization that takes the lives of women (albeit unborn ones) every day.