The Associated Press reports:
The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
This Komen–Planned Parenthood relationship has long been a target of pro-life activists and, media bias aside, this appears to be a remarkable turning point. Planned Parenthood may have trained the AP well — and has been as American as apple pie to Republicans and Democrats alike for all too long — but it has really seen itself exposed in new and deep ways since Lila Rose started her gutsy undercover work.
The “icon” is broken, the myth is being shattered. Planned Parenthood’s foundation is built on the poison of eugenics, and its business is death, however well-intentioned they make it sound. To take issue with Planned Parenthood is not to be unkind to women. It’s to seek something better.
Of course, Planned Parenthood is sticking with its talking points. President Cecile Richards today writes in a fundraising e-mail:
We know our opponents put their ideology over women’s health and lives. What we never expected is that an ally like the Komen Foundation would choose to listen to them.
As Richards points out, Komen is not the National Right to Life Committee, the Susan B. Anthony List, Feminists for Life, or your pro-life organization of choice (pun intended). And Planned Parenthood’s “war on women” rhetoric is only looking shriller and emptier this evening.