I didn’t get to watch the presidential debate last night but apparently President Obama defended Planned Parenthood for all the good work they do in women’s health care.
Meanwhile, I am reading Planned Bullyhood, which is by Karen Handel, who left Komen when Komen flip-flopped on granting money to Planned Parenthood. Handel was roundly criticized as “politicizing the issue of women’s health” because she is pro-life.
From reading her book I have learned that Komen had discussed removing funding from Planned Parenthood for many years, because their mission did not fit in with Komen’s mission and because Planned Parenthood’s political actions were tarnishing Komen.
But the kicker is this: Komen’s grant to Planned Parenthood was, if I recall correctly, less than one percent of Planned Parenthood’s operating budget. Furthermore, Komen and Planned Parenthood had a “gentlewomen’s agreement” that the defunding, so inconsequential to both of them, would not be publicized. It would simply happen and no one would even know. That was the deal until Planned Parenthood went to the press with the whole thing, and made it into a huge scandal, resulting in Komen continuing to fund Planned Parenthood the inconsequential amount of money and Karen Handel leaving the organization. Dirty.by