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Through all of the bullshit written about the rift between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood – which culminated in Komen’s capitulation – we need to be direct about what is going on here. Megan McArdle touched on the issue, but I’d like to put a little more stank on it.
Planned Parenthood is screaming and wailing like children because they were given something by Susan G. Komen which was temporarily not going to be given to them any longer. Planned Parenthood was screeching that Komen are Indian Givers, and the dialogue has devolved into something one would expect in such a toddlerific spat.
And actually, I’m being a little gracious towards Planned Parenthood when I characterize this as Indian Giving as it is generally conceived. When kids speak of Indian Giving they usually mean that one kid gave one object to another kid and then took it back. The case can be made that the Indian Giver actually stole property that had become the recipient’s. But in the case of Komen, the breast cancer awareness organization had given grants – a loose guarantee of payment – to Planned Parenthood. To go back to the playground, this is like one child giving another a jelly bean every 10 minutes and then cutting off jelly bean supply out of the clear blue. What we have are two different interpretations of what “Indian Giving” actually means. Komen didn’t temporarily take back something they’d given; they were planning on not giving something that they had established a pattern of giving.
This is how we know that Planned Parenthood is essentially a leftist organization. Leftist in the sense that they have a very distorted attitude towards property and rights. We see this attitude in the way they talk about health care or entitlements as a right. Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum recently wrote:
The right’s recent jihad against Planned Parenthood is about as loathsome as anything I’ve ever seen come out of them. They simply don’t care anymore how many people they hurt or how much harm they do to anyone they disapprove of.
The Left is very quick to absorb things they feel they’ve gained. They quickly place the “mine” label on the stuff they get – much like the child on the playground.
We have to be very precise with the language. Drum et al want us to believe that someone not funneling their resources towards performing abortions or providing advice to women on where to get mammograms is the same thing as hurting them or causing harm. But there’s a difference between actively murdering someone and passively watching someone die. Even more, there’s a difference between watching someone die and hearing that someone might die but still not do anything to prevent the death. Even further, and more germane to this case, there’s a difference between knowing that person A might die but also having a chance to save person B.
To me, the only thing that Komen could have done that would be worthy of the shock and vitriol that they are receiving from the anti-birth cohort is if it were discovered that they’d grossly misappropriated funds or if they were using charity as a front for personal gain. Barring that, they are an independent organization that formulates its own strategy to accomplish its stated mission. Planned Parenthood should merely say “thank you” if it receives funding and say nothing if that funding is discontinued.
This type of thinking is present in the leftist diatribes against any curtailment of anything that the left values. In Wisconsin, overturning the power of public unions to collectively bargain – which essentially allowed them to leverage to negotiate for taxpayer dollars – was met with a temper tantrum. The tantrum throwers pretended as if they were born with a natural right to collectively bargain in public unions. And we’ll certainly see the same thing if and when the day comes that Social Security or Medicare are cut. All of these things are innovations of the past 60 to 80 years, yet they’ve already entered the litany of rights to which we are entitled.