Interrupting The Race For The Cure

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would cut funding to the Nation’s top abortion provider: Planned Parenthood. It has reversed its decision.

There is an old political trope that suggests abortion occupies its own rhetorical niche; that it is a topic worthy of Macbeth: It produces “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

I suspect those who make abortion into such a controversial subject are the most ardent supporters of the procedure. In trying to stifle debate before it begins, they are not trying to preserve civility; instead, they are protecting their beloved practice.

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would cut funding to the Nation’s top abortion provider: Planned Parenthood. Komen’s decision stemmed from its policy of not funding organizations that draw the scrutiny of Federal investigations. Planned Parenthood is currently being investigated for alleged routing of Federal subsidies to abortions. Komen’s decision provoked a firestorm of controversy, including a barrage of anger from some of the Democratic Party’s most venomous villains. George Soros-controlled, which formed in the late 1990s to protect President Bill Clinton from the fallout from perjury, went so far as to suggest that Komen had “declared war on women.”

The idea that Komen, one of the world’s leading groups dedicated to fighting a disease that afflicts one in eight women, is in any way conducting a campaign against the fairer sex is ludicrous. The idea that Komen should have to answer such slander from left-wing vermin like is appalling. Komen’s track record of redoubtable determination in the face of cancer is nothing short of heroic. How tragic, then, that liberals would place protecting the abominable practice of abortion above protecting millions of women from an insidious disease.

That’s the real line in this particular politically charged sandbox. In fact, the crime against nature, life and God which is abortion is almost tangential. Komen is a huge organization that raises millions of dollars annually to assist in the search for a cure for breast cancer. Planned Parenthood is a huge organization that absorbs millions of dollars annually to provide what they consider women’s health care. Of course, women’s health care is merely code for abortion. Why the duplicity? Because Planned Parenthood is protecting its money, and less money flows to groups that crow about their status as the Nation’s leading practitioner of abortion.

By shutting off the cash spigot (albeit only temporarily), Komen ran afoul of the money-grubbing abortionists at Planned Parenthood and their rabid battalion of supporters. As many people have noted, Komen’s real mistake was in failing to anticipate the fallout from such a move — especially given the monolithic and very loud nature of liberal hatred. It’s worth noting that Komen has made no statements regarding the organization’s position on abortion. It’s too busy fighting cancer — and liberals.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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