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My Take: On Komen controversy, media told half the story
The author says the news media took Planned Parenthood's side in the Susan G. Komen Foundation controversy.
February 7th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

My Take: On Komen controversy, media told half the story

Editor's Note: Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a media critic at GetReligion and editor at Ricochet.

By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, Special to CNN

Faced with a deluge of media opposition and pressure from lawmakers, the Susan G. Komen foundation amended its decision to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood last week. Afterward, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell complimented each other on getting Komen to buckle under pressure.

Mitchell’s hostile interrogation of Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Komen’s CEO and founder, was widely viewed as a key moment in Planned Parenthood’s campaign against Komen.

“I thought you did such an interesting interview with the ambassador yesterday,” Boxer said to Mitchell during a televised discussion, “which I think helped bring this about, if I might say.”

Mitchell later returned the favor: “Sen. Barbara Boxer, thank you very much. Thank you for everything you’ve done on this.”

Some claims of media bias are overwrought. But here, the media wasn’t even trying to hide its advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood.

And in so doing, the media only told half the story.

Half the political story.

The media bought Planned Parenthood’s public relations campaign hook, line and sinker. Planned Parenthood argued that Komen’s decision to stop funding was “political.” This was the way most media outlets framed the entire story. But logic dictates that it’s not more political to stop funding Planned Parenthood than it is to keep funding it.

We’re talking about the country’s largest abortion provider, an organization that performs 330,000 abortions a year. According to Gallup polls from recent years, about half the American population identifies as pro-life while half identify as pro-choice. If you don’t have a sense for how controversial abortion is, you simply shouldn’t be in journalism.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds, including from Medicaid payments. Along with its political arm, it spent at least $1.7 million on lobbying at the federal level last year. Its political expenditures for the 2012 cycle have swung 100% for Democrats and against Republicans. Its political web site ranks a series of Republicans as “chumps.”

The notion that such a huge partisan player could be characterized as apolitical is laughable.

Half the reaction.

Media outlets certainly captured the outrage of Planned Parenthood supporters, which led most newscasts and articles. But was it an accurate reflection of how everyone reacted to the news? Hardly.

To explain, Komen had a serious fundraising problem due to its engagement with Planned Parenthood. Though its grants to the organization were around $600,000 a year, a relatively small snippet of either group’s budget, the relationship kept many people who oppose abortion from donating.

By ending its relationship with an abortion provider, Komen would likely be able to broaden its base of support to include donors who strenuously oppose abortion. But in most media accounts, these people were completely invisible.

This is part of a disturbing pattern where the media downplay stories of importance and interest to pro-lifers, such as their annual March for Life in Washington or the Obama administration’s recent mandate that religious organizations provide insurance coverage for abortifacients.

The way the media presented the views of women and breast cancer survivors in particular was even worse, as if they unilaterally supported Planned Parenthood when about half of American women identify as pro-life.

Charmaine Yoest, the head of Americans United for Life, had called on Komen to stop working with Planned Parenthood. After Komen’s initial decision, she said, “As a breast cancer survivor, I was always troubled with this whole idea that the nation’s largest abortion provider was enmeshed in the breast cancer fight when they weren’t actually doing mammograms. I look at this as smart stewardship.”

Half the investigation

Even after Komen backed down, the media have continued to attack. What was once widely presented as one of the most unifying charities in the country is now being thoroughly investigated by reporters.

“Komen spends lavishly on salaries and promotion,” The Washington Post announced, highlighting Brinker’s $417,000 salary heading the group she founded 30 years ago. Nowhere in the article, however, did we learn what Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards makes ($354,000) or that her predecessor reportedly earned $900,000 in 2005.

While Komen will now be raked over the coals, will the media similarly investigate Planned Parenthood? It’s doubtful.

The media coverage has been so fawning over the years that conservative activists have recently gone undercover to raise doubts about whether Planned Parenthood actually performs mammograms. These independent journalists have also produced evidence suggesting that some affiliates have failed to report instances of sexual abuse, sexual trafficking and rape.

“There’s no question that the media,” said Daily Beast media critic Howard Kurtz, “have been approaching the whole narrative from the left.”

When the media tell only half the story, they become effective partisans, and they do so at the expense of accuracy, accountability and fairness.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mollie Ziegler Hemingway.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Opinion

soundoff (1,171 Responses)
  1. Ben

    If Someone needs $120 to buy everything on their list and they have $100 and you give them $20, you have freed them up to get everything on the list. The money may not have been earmarked for abortions, but by freeing up other money, it went to it.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Credenza

      Well said Ben.

      February 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  2. Carol

    Marie,

    You complain that "the media only told half the story" So tell the other half! You state that "Komen had a serious fundraising problem due to its engagement with Planned Parenthood." What evidence do you have to support this assertion?

    February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Neeneko

      While they might have a donation problem by supporting PP, I would rather they didn't take that dirty money anyway...

      February 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Rebecca

      They only told half the story because Komen refused to return calls for comment. Get your facts straight, Mollie.

      February 17, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Ben

      Why do you think they cut the funding if they did not?

      February 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  3. V.O.R.

    "...logic dictates that it’s not more political to stop funding Planned Parenthood than it is to keep funding it."

    Logic dictates that a group with the mission to stop breast cancer should support PP's efforts to stop breast cancer.

    Since SGK is contradicting its mission by stopping funding to PP due to political pressure it IS "more political" to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  4. Marie

    PP is in the business of abortion , women that use it as birth control, They refer women to Clinics for any thing that has to do with mamograms, etc. They do not do procedures, biopsies, etc.
    The Race is now as we know The Race for abortions.
    As a Roman Catholic I believe that at conception a soul and a baby is formed, others believe that a preganancy of 26 or more weeks is ok to abort, they do not care the baby moves, that the abortionists will crush the baby skull to kill .
    One gives acording to values, mine are for life for babies and breast cancer patients, I will give to the true organizations, not one that masked as one.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Dozer

      So many stupid comments here, so little time. Did the psych ward give you an hour of computer time or something?

      February 16, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • cregis

      If you don't want to have an abortion, you don't. Let other people decide for themselves. Should we bring back the coathanger?

      February 16, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • MichMan

      PP performs only 3% of all abortions in the US. PP is just the boogeyman of the week.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Credenza

      Excellent post Marie. God Bless.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • richking

      It's sad that people murder their own and think it's ok. Sicking actually. The lack of morals and values and even self worth is just unbeleivable. Planned Parenthood was started to control the population of blacks and minorities. That's why they love giving blacks and minorities abortions, steralizations, vaccines, and birth control. How else can you keep them from one day taking over? I'm not making this up either. It's called "Eugenics". The people into eugenics love to murder people and give people vacines that steralize them so they can't have children, so again they control the population. Margret Sanger was a eugenicist. So was Bill Gates dad who helped start Planned Parenthood. Go read some of her own writings.

      On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
      "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
      On sterilization & racial purification:
      Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

      On the right of married couples to bear children:
      Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." Birth Control Review, April 1932

      On the purpose of birth control:
      The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

      On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
      "More children from the fit, less from the unfit - that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

      February 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Credenza

      richking – Fantastic! Thank you for a down-to-earth, "tell it like it is" post. Yours is THE best comment I've seen on here.

      February 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Credenza

      MichMan – What planet are you on, pet?
      "PP perform only 3% of ALL abortions in the USA????????????"
      ---------------------------

      PP perform 333,000 abortions a year The total number of abortions per year in America is 1,550,000. So That means that PP actually perform roughly 35% of all abortions in America!

      That figure of 3% is 3% of all their services which include paperwork, cleaning, utility bills etc etc.

      You've been conned like all the other believers who swallow their "ceative acountancy" I don't blame you- they;re very good at fiddling figures..

      February 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  5. Mo

    I am sure the author of this has no political bias. It was AP who broke the story and just face it you apologist, Komen screwed up and that's that! Quit spinning that yo yo!

    February 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Bethany

      At least this was a blog article and not presented as something objective.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  6. jul

    Komen's halo has long been tarnished. I stopped supporting them when they began suing anyone who used "cause" in their fundraising – even if the fundraising was for Breast Cancer. They have sold their "pink ribbon" to corporations so many times over, why? Because when it has a pink ribbon on it sales go through the roof. Companies donate fractions of pennies of what that logo affords them. Sure, they are raising dollars, (and paying their board hansomely).

    If you are prochoice, your happy Komen got what they deserved, if you are anti-choice you are crying foul.

    Or in my case, I am crying foul because I think Komen could be "for the cure" in much better ways.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  7. Busted

    Wow... now tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are contributing to CNN opinion pieces. This is such a ridiculous opinion piece, I had to check if Fox News had also posted it. Why does it seem like these conspiracy theorists are more popular today then ever before? Is it because the antennas on the tin foil hat is now manufactured in China?

    February 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • james

      It appears the McCarthyists have already taken over CNN's comments section...

      February 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Credenza

      Man up Busted – we all know that the "Tin foil hat " is usually dragged out by people who have n't got the knowledge to comment intelligently!

      February 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Dee

    330,000 abortions a year? Wow that is a lot! Maybe we should all have to look at what that looks like!

    February 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Dozer

      Can you imagine what 330,000 unplanned and unwanted children, most born into a poor home requiring welfare, would look like?

      February 16, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  9. Guest

    you failed to neglect that abortion is legal.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Credenza

      Guest – the law that allowed Legal Abortion could be overturned,

      If the courts condemned a prisoner to death based on tainted evidence and lying witnesses, his conviction would be overturned.
      Google – Confessions of an ex-abortionist [Dr Bernard Nathanson] and you'll see what I mean.

      February 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  10. doughnuts

    As the largest provider of free and low-cost contraception in the country, Planned Parenthood is also the larges PREVENTER of abortions in the nation.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • james

      I hope you realize that the vast majority of "contraceptives" which planned parenthood provides are actually abortifacents, which essentially induce a chemical abortion without a trip to the abortion clinic? They only act after the embryo has been fertilized and therefore is already a human being.

      February 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @james

      The assertion that a fertilized egg is a human is merely an opinion, with absolutely no scientific consensus to back it up.

      February 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Rich

      @James,

      You are incorrect. The vast majority of contraception blocks ovulation. An egg is never fertilized in the first place.

      February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • mickey1313

      the thiest dont want you to think about that though, and to james, you are wrong or lyeing one or the other. By far PP uses condoms the most for contriceptive and the pill (daily not morning after) second, then the monthly shot, all PREVENT controception. You are trying to say that the majority of the controceptivs PP gives out are the morning after pill, which make up LESS THE 1% of what they hand out.

      February 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Credenza

      HawaiiGuest – According to Dr Bernard Nathanson who was a leader in NARAL – doctors who fought to pass the legal abortion law but after performing 75,000 abortions saw an abortion on CCTV and completely reversed his thinking,

      He describes the 3 key tactics of lies and misinformation that they used to push for abortion. I quote directly from him –

      "The third key tactic was the denigration and suppression of all SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that life begins at conception"

      "Foetology makes undeniably evident that life begins at conception...."

      If you want to see the first TWO tactics they used – Look uo Confessions of an ex-abortionist. You'll see how they targetted the Catholic Church. Interesting reading.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  11. Starr

    funny how the media didn't report what Komen's yearly salary was...or the amount of money the Komen Foundation spends on lawsuits against groups and individuals who use the phrase "for the cure"
    for the record, both sums are/were more than the amount they gave to support PP...so whether your issue about the Komen foundations support of PP is about abortion or not, the Komen foundation as a whole is NOT doing it's part to promote women's health...and until it TRULY does, I won't be buying pink products. end of story.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Gaiafan

      Its also funny that they do not point out the fact that the Komen foundation only uses 25% of their funds for actual cancer research and cancer treatment. Just think how little 25 cents per every dollar donated actually does. And then think about the morals of the individual who is profiteering from the death of her sister.

      February 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  12. Jenny

    As someone who deals with grants, the idea that the Komen grant was being used by Planned Parenthood for anything other than mammograms is ridiculous. Grants require a vast amount of paperwork reporting how the funds were used, down to the last penny. The Komen grant was for mammograms. It could not be used for any other activities without a red flag being raised. One could argue that this recent event is a red flag, but Komen's response for the pulling of funding was that Planned Parenthood was being investigated by the Senate...not that the grants they were given were being misused.

    Now IF Komen gave them a grant without any parameters (which I don't think they would do...it would be a waste of money for them if nothing was going to breast cancer support), then pro-life supporters would have a strong argument.

    February 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Bethany

      Planned Parenthood doesn't actually provide mammograms. They only refer for them.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  13. Dennis

    Who is this crazy Mollie person anyway. Please CNN stop running crazy talk just to get ratings.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  14. whatever

    hmmm, does anyone else think the author is against choice?

    did she not read the story about the VP at Komen who quit bc she was against choice and she was the one who prompted Komen to withhold funds??

    really, CNN, you should allow someone who is pro-choice to respond appropriately to this opinion.

    February 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Bethany

      Good thing that's covered by 95% of the news.

      February 16, 2012 at 3:00 am |
    • Credenza

      The baby has no choice!

      February 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Credenza

      Even convicted murderers are allowed representation, why not innocent babies

      February 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Dozer

      Because they are not sentient beings. It's kinda easy to understand, for most people.

      February 17, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Rebecca

      Can someone explain to me why the rights of the unborn are somehow more important that the rights of actual people? When does that change occur, when I come out of the womb, when I learn to speak, when?

      February 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Dozer

      It's widely recognied that it's after you are able to sustain life outside the womb. At that point an abortion is illegal unless medically necessary anyway. So, until then, the rights of the mother trump the rights of the fetus. And rightfully so.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Credenza

      Dozer – [sigh] Yes they are sentient. Babies [foetuses] not only feel pain, they feel it up to 4 times more than we would feel the same pain.
      With EEGs and ECGs doctors can measure it now whereas years ago they didn't have the technology.

      Tell me do you make a career of writing ill-informed comments without the benefit of research of facts?????

      February 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Ard162

      Credenza, do you even know what an eeg or an ecg are? Its impossible to perform either on a fetus unless rupture of membranes has occured, and in that case its mostly done on VIABLE full term or close to full term fetuses during labor.

      February 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Dozer

      Yikes Credenza. At first I thought you were just a religious zealot. In light of your completely misinformed comments that have been proven NUMEROUS times to the contrary by REAL SCIENTISTS – I just feel bad for you. You're obviously getting really, really bad information.

      February 21, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  15. Stuck in the Middle

    Ever notice that the women against abortion are those that no one wants to bang in the first place?
    -George Carlin

    February 14, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Dozer

      Ha ha ha! Yeah, that's kinda true. Well said George.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • counter

      I consider the source of your quote, YOU and the loser Carlin.

      The far left mantra if you are against abortion you are against women, is a bunch of bull.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  16. EMcK

    Little tip – less than 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood involve abortion. The vast majority of their services involve breast cancer screenings and other such vital services. Apparently you would prefer that poor women not get vital health services, maybe they should just die rather than have something like breast cancer detected and treated earl right?

    February 14, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Dozer

      Well if they go to PP then they're obviously Godless w-hores that spread their legs, so of COURSE they should die. Save the fetus! Once out of the womb and grown no one cares about those jezebels. If they have s-ex then they need to accept their punishment and become baby incubators and then give up the baby for adoption. Duh! WOMEN mean nothing besides being vessels to overpolulate the Earth with unwanted babies.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • buzz

      That 3% stat is cooked. Basically, they count everything they do as "service," answering the phone, throwing out a handful of condoms to bingedrinking date rapists, lobbying congress for more money, etc. But they spend a lot more than 3% of their operating budget on abortion.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • J.W

      How much of their funds are spent answering the phones and giving out free condoms buzz?

      February 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Dozer

      Sources on your claim please Buzz. How do you know this? Unless you work for PP and know their books you're talking out your ass.

      February 15, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Bethany

      This was written by a former PP director: http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/05/abby-johnson-planned-parenthood-business-model-all-about-abortion/

      February 16, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Credenza

      Dozer – buzz is right. The 3% is part of the services they offer. They actually perform 330.000 abortions a year which is roughly 35% of total number of abortions carried out in America every YEAR.

      Buzz 100% right – Dozer 0%

      February 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Dozer

      Buzz claims that the 3% is "cooked" I want proof. You (and Buzz) and can't provide it. Credenza: 0. Again. I admire that you keep trying, but it's getting a little sad. If all you have is "God bless you" and "abortion is murder (which it's NOT although you continue saying it like a crazy person) then you seriously need to step away from the keyboard and into the real world.

      February 17, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  17. Redrum

    Murder is the unjust, and willful taking of innocent human life. Fertilized eggs are human life. Fetuses are human life. Therefore, abortion is murder.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Dozer

      Murder is "the killing of another human being under conditions SPECIFICALLY COVERED IN LAW" Look it up. Abortion is NOT murder because it's LEGAL. I thought this wasn't difficult to understand but apparently it is. Is it killing? Yes. Murder? No.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • Credenza

      Dozer – would you agree that [1] cutting off the arms and legs while they are still alive [2] immersing them in saline solution which burns off 100% of their skin while still alive [3] Sucking out their brains – ditto [4] 'snipping' their spinal cord – ditto [5] poisoning were methods recognized as murder? I would.
      Abortion is not just murder; it is premeditated, sadistic murder, nothing less. Sorry

      February 14, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Dozer

      Credenza, you are obviously a crazy pro-life activist incapable of doing research beyond the lies told on pro-life websites. Sorry you have to live that kind of life.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Dozer

      Also, those things you listed – while sad – ARE NOT MURDER. "Sorry"

      February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      The argument that human life begins at conception is merely an opinion. This classification has not been recognized within the science community. To use this argument is pointless until science can back you up.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • BLSpencer

      Fertilized eggs are potential life, a potential human being. Abortion is none of anyone's business, unless you are the woman in need of one.

      February 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Thinker

      Get a life. A fertilized egg cannot live outside the womb. How can it be a person, when it cannot live on its own?

      February 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Bethany

      Thinker – are you a fan of killing off people on life support?

      February 16, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • Credenza

      Dozer – if you READ the confession of an ex-abortionist, you will see exactly what I mean when I say this abortion LAW could be overturned. It was based on lies and tainted evidence. Just read it – then come back and argue.

      February 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Dozer

      Credenza, I know it's tough but TRY to stay on point here. You say abortion is murder. IT IS NOT. I don't give a flying f if you think in your feeble mind that someday the laws will be over turned. Right here, right now – you know, in the REAL world – IT IS LEGAL, THEREFORE IT IS NOT MURDER. You can try to deflect and redirect all you want but you're still wrong. And no, I will not read a book written by a crazy person.

      February 21, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  18. All Life

    Planned Parenthood is part of a silent Holocaust over 54 million children have been slaughtered by abortions and our economy is paying the price, they receive billions in federal aid while crisis pregnancy centers are all volunteer and donation based, planed parenthood pays its CEO nearly 1 mill a year while Churches and pregnancy help centers and abstinence programs are all volunteer and donation based, these greedy murderers have been killing for profit long enough, STOP THE SLAUGHTER end planned parenthood!!!

    February 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Planned Parenthood is part of a silent Holocaust over 54 million children"

      According to the law a fetus is not a child they can't survive on their own. DUH!

      February 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Dozer

      Yawn. Murder is illegal. Abortion is not. Therefore, it. is. not. the. same. thing. Do PLers get a handbook of assinine "arguments" to use ad nauseum? It's so tiresome. And it's not working. Calling it "murder" and screaming about it being a "slaughter" has never and will never work. It just makes people look like idiots.

      February 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • counter

      Sorrym dozer, it is just calling out abortion for what it is, it is like slavery was two centuries ago, calling out fetuses like they have less human value than blacks back in the day. I don't buy your nonsense, no matter what the law makes legal. Legal moral or ethical or right.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Dozer

      Sorry you don't like it counter – but it's not up for debate. Murder is illegal, abortion is not. Abortion is not murder. You can think that it is in your mind, but technicially you're wrong. End of story.
      Now, it's sad, and yes – it is killing – but it it not "murder"

      February 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • buzz

      Yo!

      A five year old can't survive on their own. Neither can a disabled veteran. Nor can a senior citizen of advanced age. And, when you get right down to it.... could you survive on your own?

      If it weren't for civilization, half of us would die in childbirth, and the rest would die by the time they were thirty.

      I don't think we should restrict human rights to survivalists. If we did, nerds like me would have no human rights. And armed, property-owning, slave-having, militiamen would rule the country like they did when it was Founded.

      Think about it. You really want to live in a society where it's OK to kill people who are diabetic and who depend on others for their survival? Human rights are a good thing. The more freely you recognize them, the better we all do.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • rock-a-fella

      The human population is 7 billion and growing–does no one even consider the fact that we are running out of resources to sustain that much humanity? We are at a tipping point and all you can consider is your selfish beliefs to make yourself feel better; if this is the end of times then it's not because of a "holocaust" of abortion but because we can't sustain the scarce resources for the total human population that continues to grow exponentially–that is based in logic and not in any beliefs or opinions.

      February 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • TheRationale

      Contraception is great at keeping both people happy. If you don't have a baby to begin with, you won't abort it.

      Arguing that a cluster of cells is a human is silly. I could take it one step further and argue that the other few zillion little buddies who didn't make it to the egg are part of an even bigger massacre that we must stop.

      February 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Bethany

      TheRationale – the difference between an egg and a fertilized egg is that a fertilized one is now a unique human with a full set of genes. Check out the Law of Biogenesis

      February 16, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • Credenza

      Abortion is murder. The Law was passed on false information; lies and a systematic suppression of the scientific fact that life begins at conception. On that basis the law could be, and SHOULD be, overturned.

      If the LAW condemns a man to death on the basis of falsified evidence or witness intimidation the SAME

      February 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Credenza

      Abortion is murder. The Law was passed on false information; lies and a systematic suppression of the scientific fact that life begins at conception. On that basis the law could be, and SHOULD be, overturned.

      If the LAW condemns a man to death on the basis of falsified evidence or witness intimidation the SAME LAW that created abortion can also be overturned!

      Google Confessions of an ex-abortionist who was a leader in the fight to legalize abortion. Trust me, the Law could be overturned on his evidence
      You people spout opinions without benefit of facts or knowledge. Look it up, please.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Science

      Okay let's step back a second and look at the facts. Humans are mammals. Mammals are animals. So unless you vegetarian YOU are a hypocrite. Also a fetus by all scientific definition is a PARASITE. So if you ever get a tapeworm don't kill it! Or you will be a murder. Also plants are ALIVE. So can't eat those either, becuase by doing so you are killing one of GOD's creatures.

      Republicans are against abortion until their daughters need one, Democrats are for abortion until their daughter wants one.
      If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine.

      Pro Choice because my mother CHOSE life, wasn't forced to

      February 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Dozer

      Crendenza, I'm seriosuly baffled. Let me tell you, YET AGAIN: ABORTION IS NOT MURDER. MURDER IS ILLEGAL. ABORTION IS L-E-G-A-L. How do I make you understand what an 6 year old would have no problem comprehending? It makes you look VERY foolish. You can think it SHOULD be murder, BUT ITS NOT. You can think it SHOULD be illegal, BUT ITS NOT. Am I getting anywhere? Bueller...Bueller....

      February 17, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Dozer

      Also, you follow up your "murder" claims by acknowledging that it IS legal, but it just shouldn't be. That the law should be overturned. Thats nice and all, but until it IS overturned – IT IS NOT MURDER.

      February 17, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  19. SMH

    I will NEVER give SGK one penny, i had no idea that they gave to Abortion rights agenda's. Thanks Andrea Mitchell for this info!

    February 13, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Credenza

      Well said SMH. Thank you on behalf of all the babies who have no one else to protect their vulnerabilty.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Dozer

      keyboard courage and with holding money does nothing to protect anyone.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  20. Julie Smith

    OK .. and HOW is cutting off funding to one group to appease and appeal to donors from another group NOT being political? Really?

    February 13, 2012 at 12:01 am |
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