07 Feb The Power of Public Opinion
On February 2nd, I wrote my letter to Komen’s Foundation Headquarters praising their decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. But apparently for every letter voicing support, they received a much larger number condemning their decision. Such is the power of the most vocal… or the most organized …or the most angry, despite the support of the silent masses. From what I hear, many of the bitter protests sent to the Komen Foundation expressed anger to the point of threatening bodily harm.
This Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco is not going away. Nor should it. When we can read about how fierce and manipulative the opposition to Komen’s decision was, it’s a lesson for all of us to study and understand. Having been rewarded with a Komen capitulation like this only emboldens those using such draconian methods. Men and women who understand the facts much better than I are calling them “Gangster Tactics.”
May I quote five paragraphs of the above link?
IN the most recent Gallup poll on abortion, as many Americans described themselves as pro-life as called themselves pro-choice. A combined 58 percent of Americans stated that abortion should either be “illegal in all circumstances” or “legal in only a few circumstances.” …In the first Gallup poll to show a slight pro-life majority, conducted in May 2009, half of American women described themselves as pro-life.
But if you’ve followed the media frenzy surrounding the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s decision — which it backpedaled from, with an apology, after a wave of frankly brutal coverage — to discontinue about $700,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood, you would think all these millions of anti-abortion Americans simply do not exist.
But of course millions of Americans — including, yes, millions of American women — do oppose Planned Parenthood. They oppose the 300,000-plus abortions it performs every year (making it the largest abortion provider in the country), and they oppose its tireless opposition to even modest limits on abortion.
But there’s something quite a bit different, something creepy and not a little despicable, about the Planned Parenthood set’s besmirching Komen’s good name across a thousand platforms for having the audacity to stop giving them free money. And I don’t care why that decision was made, frankly.
Look at it this way…
Imagine I volunteered to run a cub scout troop, and for years, when the annual soapbox derby came near, I knew I could count on Joe’s Deli as good for a hundred dollar donation. If one year Old Man Joe decided he didn’t want to donate any more — because he didn’t like the design of our racer, or because he thought his hundred bucks was better spent on a little league team, or because he disapproved of the scouts’ stance on gays — what on earth would justify me going on public access TV to grill Old Man Joe on why he hates kids? What would justify me hacking the Joe’s Deli web site or maliciously editing Old Man Joe’s Wikipedia page? What would justify me goading a handful of my city councilman into standing up at the next town meeting and publicly calling on Old Man Joe to reinstate his donation?
Nothing. Nothing would justify that. Nothing at all.
We at United Families International condemn such tactics. We strongly encourage our readers to let your voices be heard. We must speak out to support organizations, legislators, and/or private individuals when “tipping point” decisions are being made. Voices of reason and understanding aided by study and learning are recognized. We need to recruit and organize our ranks. This battle is not over. Our letters may yet help them understand the significance of their decision. Read the above links, and voice your support to the Komen Foundation!!! Web link: firstname.lastname@example.org address: 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX, 75244, phone: 1-877-465-6636