Kermit Gosnell ran a criminal enterprise, not a health-care facility, write Dayle Steinberg and Eric Ferrero of Planned Parenthood.
Romney Gives Planned Parenthood An Opening To Revive Contraception Fight
Mitt Romney did not break any news Tuesday when he once again said he’d eliminate government funding for Planned Parenthood as part of his larger plan to cut spending. (That plan was best known until now for Romney’s promise to put ads on “Sesame Street.”)
But Romney did state his plan in a slightly different way than he has before — and that was all the kindling Democrats and progressives needed to relight the fire over women’s health that many on the left have seen as a hugely winning issue against the GOP.
And your related longread: William Saletan’s exploration of Romney’s shift on abortion.
It’s not a stretch to say that Planned Parenthood’s tactics to force the Susan G. Komen Foundation to restore their funding were no less than a Mafia-style shakedown of a charity whose only purpose is to help prevent and treat breast cancer.
Penny Nance, CEO and president of the conservative Concerned Women for America, says Planned Parenthood bullied Komen with mob-like maneuvers tactics.
“There was an open and candid conversation about the controversy and the effect on Komen. There was a gentle ladies’ agreement, if you will, that no one was going to go to the press about this.”
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, former Komen VP Karen Handel alleges that Planned Parenthood bullied Komen and broke a secret pact.
We can all agree that this is a challenging and deeply unsettling situation for all involved in the fight against breast cancer. However, Komen’s decision to change its granting strategy and exit the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood and its grants was fully vetted by every appropriate level within the organization. At the November Board meeting, the Board received a detailed review of the new model and related criteria. As you will recall, the Board specifically discussed various issues, including the need to protect our mission by ensuring we were not distracted or negatively affected by any other organization’s real or perceived challenges. No objections were made to moving forward.
Frontpage: Tuesday, Feb 7th
- Santorum Poised for Primary Wins: Mitt Romney may be the GOP frontrunner, but Rick Santorum is all set to have a great night in Tuesday’s primaries. Santorum leads in polls in Missouri and Minnesota.
- Arab League Pulls Monitors: The Arab League announced Tuesday that it will pull its monitors from Syria.
- Komen VP Resigns Over Funding Flap: Karen Handel, an executive at the Susan G. Komen Foundation, resigned on Tuesday. Handel, a former Republican candidate for governor, had been suspected as being the root of the breast cancer charity’s controversial decision last week to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.
- Greeks Go on Strike: After failing to meet yet another EU deadline yesterday, Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is continuing to negotiate the terms of an austerity package—and now he has a strike on his hands, too.
- Earmarks Flow Near Lawmakers’ Property: More than $300 million in taxpayer money has gone to projects within two miles of property owned by 33 members of Congress, according to a Washington Post investigation.
Photo: Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his victory with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Gene Duncan / Gene Duncan)
Watch: On Newsbeast, our writers discuss whether Keith Olbermann can save Current TV.
While Komen was being lambasted, Planned Parenthood received a flood of support, raising a staggering $3 million in donations in three days—more than four times as much as it got from Komen last year. “We haven’t been able to take all the calls of people who wanted to support us,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said on a conference call. “I’ve been doing this kind of work for a long, long time, and I’ve never seen anything catch fire like [this].”
Michelle Goldberg reports on how the uproar over Komen’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, and their reversal. (Emphasis added)
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.
In an official statement, Susan G. Komen For The Cure has amended it’s previous decision to change their criteria for making grants, one that would have halted its funding to Planned Parenthood. The group will “amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political” and thus continue to fund PP.
Frontpage: Friday, Feb. 3rd
- SEC Letting Large Banks Off: A New York Times analysis shows that the Securities and Exchange Commission has been giving a pass on the biggest Wall Street firms in the last decade, letting them off on punishments meant to apply to fraud cases. Lulzies/headscratch.
- U.S. Jobless Rate Drops: Great news, and much better than expected: The U.S. economy created 243,000 non-farm jobs in January, up from a 200,000 increase in December, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3.
- U.S. Fears Israel Will Strike Iran: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is reportedly worried that Israel is going to attack Iran because of its nuclear ambitions.
- U.S. Tourists Kidnapped in Egypt: Two American tourists and their guide were kidnapped Friday after gunmen stormed their minivan in the Sinai near a popular Red Sea resort.
- Komen Founder Defends Decision: Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer foundation, has come out to defend the organization’s decision to stop awarding grant money to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening—a move that many say is backlash against abortion. Watch Brinker’s interview on MSNBC.
Andrea Mitchell interviews Susan G. Komen’s Nancy Brinker. From MSNBC:
In her first interview since the decision, Amb. Nancy Brinker explains why the Susan G. Komen Foundation chose to halt funding to Planned Parenthood. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Patty Murphy then join to respond.
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After the Komen Foundation kicked off a controversy by withdrawing its funding from Planned Parenthood, Michael Bloomberg has announced that he’ll be donating up to $250,000 towards breast cancer screenings.
Mayor Mike aside, it’s not taken much time for Planned Parenthood to make up for the $700,000 that the Komen Foundation won’t be giving them. ”In the 24 hours since Komen announced its decision, Planned Parenthood has gotten $650,000 in donations, nearly enough to offset the losses from Komen’s funding,” says The Daily Beast. Read more.