Posted on | February 6, 2012 by Wendy Wright |
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, meet Planned Parenthood.
The American Civil War general is defined by his “scorched earth” strategy. His campaign burned crops, killed livestock, devoured supplies and destroyed civilian infrastructure in his path with the intention of destroying his opponent’s physical and psychological ability to continue. Sherman’s total annihilation still stuns people today.
Planned Parenthood’s scorched earth tactics soared to jaw-dropping proportions last week in its treatment of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a benefactor who decided to direct its funding elsewhere. The abortion giant organized a massive smear campaign through its supporters, politicians, major and minor media outlets and others. Komen’s website was hacked and its Facebook page was filled with hateful messages.
Within a matter of 72 hours, like a domestic abuse victim, Komen publicly apologized. Its statement practically begged for forgiveness for choosing to give its money to health care providers that actually provide care, rather than to a group like Planned Parenthood that merely refers women to other providers who provide mammograms.
Planned Parenthood gloated worldwide. International Planned Parenthood Foundation sent an e-mail to supporters boasting that it beat Komen into submission when the Foundation released a statement that supposedly was “reversing the decision that de-funded Planned Parenthood.” And true to character, in the same e-mail that it implied that Komen would resume funding, the abortion syndicate asked for money.
But did Komen reverse its decision? That remains to be seen. As C-FAM’s president Austin Ruse told the Wall Street Journal, Komen’s carefully worded statement does not reflect a change in policy. While it leaves the door open, it merely states that Planned Parenthood would be eligible to apply for future grants, not that it will definitely receive future funding.
General Sherman’s attacks were against an enemy. Planned Parenthood’s campaign was against a supporter that strayed from total compliance. Did it really think through the consequences?
The greater lesson that many took from this episode is not to ally with Planned Parenthood. Potential donors will get the message that supporting Planned Parenthood is a deal with the devil – give once, and you’d better not stop giving.
One radio talk show reported on this story by playing the song “Hotel California.” The song is an allegory about hedonism, greed and self-destruction with the refrain, “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”
“War is hell,” General Sherman famously said. Planned Parenthood message is a warning that to engage with the abortion giant – whether to oppose or support – puts one in the path of its war machine.