Greg Sargent points out that Komen’s reversal statement gives itself lots of wiggle room to cut Planned Parenthood in the future. Komen also has no intention of firing anyone for the debacle.
The anti-reproductive rights site LifeNews is telling its Fetus People readership that
Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, who has been very closely following the Komen decision-making process, told LifeNews that the statement is not really a change in position but he says the sentence â€œWe will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communitiesâ€ is â€œtroublingâ€ for pro-life advocates.
â€œThis represents nothing new. We have known and have reported that they are continuing five grants through 2012. This is a reference to that. The second clause about eligibility is certainly true. Any group can apply for anything. It does not mean they are going to get anything,â€ Ruse told LifeNews.
â€œWhat this is is an effort to get the mafia off of their backs. As James Taranto said in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, this is a classic shakedown operation. Give us money or we will destroy you. This is Komenâ€™s attempt to save their organization, which we should know is in peril. Our side should know that nothing has changed.â€
The above is via Google cache; LifeNews is offline at the moment.