Jill Stanek

Komen and Planned Parenthood: What next?

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Yes, let the Komen disaster be a lesson to anyone thinking of partnering with Planned Parenthood: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

On that topic, my inside source has checked in, telling me there were advisers who in December thought Komen should not notify Planned Parenthood of its decision to defund the abortion giant and just quietly not renew the grants. But Komen viewed the people at Planned Parenthood as “longtime friends” and felt obligated to let them know. Komen had no idea it was trying to pet a scorpion.

Truth be told, even I was taken aback by the shock and awe Planned Parenthood, abortion proponents, and the liberal media displayed this week. And I deal with these people all the time.

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I’ve reread my post, “Inside story on Komen split from Planned Parenthood,” and my source accurately predicted the chain of events: Komen first said it was breaking from PP due to the federal investigation and only added it had also decided to limit grant money to breast healthcare providers – which Planned Parenthood is not – when its first reason failed to appease opponents. From the Washington Post:

There is also some ambiguity in the new funding policy because Komen’s statement did not mention a second reason the foundation had given for ending Planned Parenthood’s funding: that the group does not provide direct mammogram services but instead refers patients to other providers.

On Thursday, Komen founder Nancy Brinker had said the organization wants to support groups that directly provide breast-health services, such as mammograms. And Komen President Elizabeth Thompson had told reporters that the funding decision was unrelated to the ongoing congressional investigation. “First and foremost, it doesn’t really have anything to do with that,” Thompson said.

But numerous Planned Parenthood affiliates said they had been explicitly told they were not eligible to apply for funding because of the investigation, with no mention made of the mammogram-referral issue.

But too late Komen realized it was trying to hold a tiger by the tail.

My source said that with affiliates threatening to split, major corporate donors threatening to withhold serious cash, and liberal feminists threatening major corporate donors that they had better withhold their cash if they weren’t already planning to, Komen had to do something or lose everything.

The other side’s goal was clearly to destroy Komen if it did not buckle to Planned Parenthood. National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill went so far as to predict Komen’s demise within five years on The Ed Show.

I’d say it would have actually taken closer to five days.

I don’t know that any organization could have fully prepared itself for Planned Parenthood’s onslaught. But SGK wasn’t blind-sided. According to my source the Associated Press notified the group several days before it broke the story on January 31, asking for comment.

So SGK had time to develop a strategy for response. But Komen’s PR firm was clearly not equipped for hardball politics. From the Washington Post:

“I felt like we were eaten alive,” said Logan Hood, executive director of Komen’s Aspen affiliate in Colorado. “We had no advance warning.. . . We were sent into battle without armor.”…

“Honestly, we have been turned into a political association without any political skills,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of the San Diego Komen affiliate. “There was not a crisis-management plan. I think they were completely caught off guard.”

Three reasons for the fail

SGK and Brinker have led a charmed public life since she launched the foundation 30 years ago. SGK can take credit for bringing breast cancer awareness to the forefront of public attention. Because of SGK, breast cancer awareness and the color pink are now synonymous.

SGK has been able to fundraise like no other. The SGK brand is everywhere, even on the lid of my yogurt container.

So SGK and Brinker have come to expect public adoration, their first mistake. All good will flies out the window if abortion is intruded upon in any way.

In addition, Brinker thought her past loyalties to Planned Parenthood – sitting on a PP board, receiving a PP award, giving millions in grants to PP – would earn her favor when the break came, her second mistake. Everyone now knows how ruthless Planned Parenthood is, willing to destroy SGK and the work it does in retaliation.

Finally, Brinker thought her old friends in the media would have her back when this controversy arose, her third mistake.

Hence, this not so great interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Brinker thought Mitchell would pitch her softballs, since Mitchell was a breast cancer survivor and acknowledged at the onset, “We’ve known each other a long time.” That didn’t happen. Furthermore, Brinker waffled on funding Planned Parenthood, an ill-advised strategy to appeal to moderates, according to my source, that was doomed to fail even as the words exited her mouth…..

Mitchell asked Brinker why would a bipartisan group like Komen hire pro-lifer and Planned Parenthood opponent Karen Handel in an executive role, as if only Komen can only hire pro-aborts? This would be bi-partisan? Brinker should have asked Mitchell whether Brinker’s role as a former Planned Parenthood board of advisers member rendered her unqualified. Of course not.

The mainstream media’s skewed approach to this story was ghastly. But that was to be expected. Only Komen and Brinker didn’t.

What will be the outcome of this? My source said my post, “Did Komen outfox the Left?” was accurate. Komen’s apology was careful not to include any commitment to give Planned Parenthood grants in the future. The Komen executive team doesn’t want to, now more than ever.

But there is a new wrinkle. Read here the memo and talking points Komen affiliates were given on December 16 [HT: reader mp].  None of the affiliates threatened to disassociate from Komen over its decision at the time. Only when incited by the mob this week did they do so.

But now they have done so. Plus, there are indications renegade Komen affiliates may now try to get grants for Planned Parenthoods that have never gotten grants before. So internally there’s a new problem.

In retrospect the better criteria for Komen to have put forth to defund Planned Parenthood would have been its fallback plan: that here forward it would only give grants to breast health providers, which, again, Planned Parenthood is not. As my friend David at Live Action pointed out, “Planned Parenthood is nothing more than an expensive phone book, at best.” PP doesn’t perform mammograms, nor does it treat women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

So no one knows now whether Komen will succeed in extricating itself from Planned Parenthood. Until then, Komen should get no donations from pro-lifers. And if I were a pro-lifer who just gave to Komen under the impression it was no longer funding PP, I would ask for my donation back.

On a positive note, read the Christianity Today piece, “The Komen fiasco’s silver lining.”

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Reprinted with permission from JillStanek.com

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Pro-life billboard towers over Planned Parenthood – for one day

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Jackson Right to Life, in Michigan, followed all the rules when renting billboard space next to the Jackson Planned Parenthood.

For one glorious day a pro-life billboard towered over Planned Parenthood’s pathetic little abortion feeder with the simple but powerful message, “Choose Life = No Regrets.”

There was only one problem: The billboard was on Planned Parenthood’s property. Adams Outdoor Advertising had leased the billboard space but forgotten about Planned Parenthood’s addendum forbidding any pro-life messaging.

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So just as quickly as the billboard went up, on June 9, it came down the next day. Adams is offering Jackson RTL other locations, and on the advice of attorneys Jackson RTL is accepting Adams’ offer and moving on.

But the snafu was all worth it for the amazing photo op, eh?

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Planned Parenthood CEO’s annual salary now exceeds $500,000

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards 2012-13 salary now exceeds $500k
According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990, CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616, to be exact – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

That’s a lot of money to pay the CEO of a nonprofit organization, particularly one that claims to cater to low-income women.

“Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable,” boasts Planned Parenthood

Really? How much more affordable would Planned Parenthood’s services be were not its corporate bosses and affiliate CEOs making big bucks? For that 2012 reporting period, PPFA’s 12-member executive team tallied a combined income of $3.87 million.

When questioned by The Daily Caller in October 2012 about what was thought at the time to be an “almost $400,000 salary,” Richards responded, “None of my salary is paid for by the federal government.” 

But if “[n]early half of Planned Parenthood patients rely on Medicaid coverage,” as Planned Parenthood states, does Richards really think she’d be making the same coin were government funding – to the tune of $540.6 million in FY 2012-13 – removed from Planned Parenthood’s total revenue of $1.210 billion?

And actually, The Daily Caller was well over $100,000 off on Richards’ salary.

Turns out Richards made $583,323 during Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). This represented a whopping 39% pay increase from the year before that, when she “only” made $420,153.

Cecile Richards campaigns Barack ObamaSo, actually, Richards’ 2012 salary of $523,616 represented a 10% pay cut.

But this was because she took time off from Planned Parenthood to campaign for President Obama’s reelection – which paid off for Planned Parenthood handsomely via windfall income via Obamacare and other government funding streams, only kept flowing by Obama and other pro-abortion politicians.

This sort of financial cushion then frees up Planned Parenthood to raise and spend money to elect pro-abortion candidates, who then return the favor.

See how the circle of loot works?

And where are the liberals – the Occupy Wall Street types – who supposedly despise such top-heavy income? They oppose Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Finance. But Big Abortion? Not on your life, or rather, not on the lives of innocent little babies.

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South by Southwest: Pro-life laws eradicating abortion clinics

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There is a mesmerizing time-lapse video at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, that in four minutes shows the North’s four-year takeover of the South during the Civil War (screen shots above – view a video clip here).

I was reminded of that video when viewing this GIF from Planned Parenthood. Click on the image to launch…

Planned Parenthood 5-1-14-Abortion-Disappearing-In-South-Map

The correlation between slavery and abortion makes it poignant that legal abortion is first being wiped out in the South, although the area also encompasses some of the Southwest, including Texas and Oklahoma….

Headlines: Abortion disappearing in the South

While many different types of pro-life laws are being enacted, such as late-term abortion bans, waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, and parental involvement, those having the greatest impact are what the abortion industry calls “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws” – abortion clinic regulations and requirements that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges.

The sudden proliferation of “TRAP” laws most certainly can be tied to the discovery in 2010 of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors and Gosnell’s subsequent conviction in 2013 of first degree murder in the deaths of three abortion surviving infants and involuntary manslaughter of a patient.

Whether the Gosnell case emboldened pro-life politicians, or frightened them into trying to avert the discovery of another Gosnell in their state, it doesn’t matter.

The result is both a physical and political win, physical in that these laws save the lives of children and mothers, and political in that they expose the abortion industry as medically substandard.

The Associated Press describes the toll on the abortion industry in the South/Southwest:

The [admitting privileges] requirements are already in effect in Texas and Tennessee….

If the law there is upheld, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would have to close….

After judges allowed Texas’ privileges law to take effect earlier this year, 19 of 33 abortion clinics closed….

In Alabama, operators of three of five abortion clinics testified last week during a trial challenging the law that they use out-of-town doctors who wouldn’t be able to admit patients to local hospitals. They said they’d have to close….

In Louisiana, opponents said the Louisiana law would close three of the state’s five abortion clinics….

Of course, states in many other areas of the country are enacting pro-life legislation, but there is a concentration in the South/Southwest that “could see an entire region of the nation with little or no access to safe abortion,” warns Planned Parenthood.

Legal sure, but “safe,” no. At least one woman a month dies from a legal abortion in the U.S.

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