National Catholic Register
by Steven D. Greydanus
Friday, February 03, 2012
The real story, it seems to me, is the swiftness and ruthlessness of the Culture of Death Left backlash against Komen.
John Podhoretz coined the phrase “liberal blacklist” to describe Komen’s instant non grata status this week (HT for this and much of what follows: Rod Dreher). It’s too soft a phrase.
I’m sure Komen executives expected to take some heat in the media for their decision. They probably weren’t anticipating that the American Association of University Women would immediately bar Komen from approved community service opportunities for college women at the AAUW’s annual leadership conference.
That’s right: As far as the AAUW is concerned, volunteering to raise money to help fight breast cancer for an organization with a 30-year history of doing just that doesn’t count as “community service” unless Komen also supports Planned Parenthood. Fighting breast cancer isn’t enough. You have to fund America’s largest abortion provider.
Likewise, Komen founder Nancy Brinker probably wasn’t expecting to find her long career of public service called into question by institutions like the Yale School of Public Health, which told WaPo journalist Sarah Kliff that its commencement speech invitation to Brinker was “under careful review.”
In 2009, President Obama, despite a clear history of outspoken abortion advocacy and in the face of outspoken opposition from dozens of bishops, was allowed to give the commencement address at Notre Dame, and even received an honorary degree. Komen hasn’t even criticized or spoken out against Planned Parenthood or abortion in any way, let alone given aid or comfort to the pro-life enemy. Nevertheless, the slight to Planned Parenthood was so grave that its founder was instantly grey-listed, if not outright blacklisted. It’s like one side knows there’s a war on and the other side doesn’t.
Also from Kliff’s Twitter feed, I discover that the company Honest Tea announced on Facebook that despite its “strong supporter of cancer education and research,” it was “in the process of evaluating our 2012 partnerships, including reviewing the recent changes to Susan G. Komen’s policies.”
Was there ever any suggestion that Komen wasn’t going to continue to be active in fighting breast cancer? Doesn’t matter. You can’t stop giving to Planned Parenthood and not expect consequences. (“Giving to Planned Parenthood is like going on a date THAT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE, EVER,” tweets Daily Caller contributing writer Mary Katharine Ham.)