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Round-up: aftershocks of the Komen shakedown

By Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSite News

- Komen VP for public policy Karen Handel has resigned following the Planned Parenthood dust-up thanks to her having gone on the record as against the abortion organization while a political candidate.

- Twitter and Facebook emerged as the main tools used by Planned Parenthod and allies to drive their talking points to the top of the social media heap, facilitating the extreme pressure placed on Komen in a short time frame. Jill Stanek has a detailed breakdown of Planned Parenthood’s social media blitz.

- On the other hand, the debacle gave air time to the link between abortion and breast cancer, which presidential candidate Rick Santorum pointed out on FOX News on Sunday. (Hormonal birth control pills have also been categorized as a Group 1 “definite” carcinogen by the World Health Organization, alongside asbestos and plutonium, for its increased breast cancer risk.)

- New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on Saturday criticized the universal media finger-wagging against Komen last week as due to its “impenetrable blinders” in favor of abortion.

“‘That ubiquitous pink ribbon … is sporting a black eye today,’ Claire Shipman announced on ABC News Thursday, while Diane Sawyer nodded along. On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell dressed down the Komen foundation’s founder, Nancy Brinker: ‘I have to tell you,’ Mitchell said, ‘this is shocking to a lot of your longtime supporters. … How could this have taken place?’ In story after story, journalists explicitly passed judgment on Komen for creating a controversy where none need ever have existed.

- A Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Profs. Robert George of Princeton and Carter Snead of the University of Notre Dame outlines PP’s history of bullying, recently enhanced thanks to its strong ties to the Obama administration. “While Planned Parenthood’s target in the Komen case was new, its tactics are not. … Breast-cancer victims are only the latest hostages taken by Planned Parenthood. Unless the organization is finally held to account, they will surely not be the last.”

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