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KOMEN: Reaction wasn’t ‘coercion and intimidation’

Letter by Robert B. Shirley, Olympia on Feb. 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm with 4 Comments »
February 6, 2012 2:33 pm

“Coercion and intimidation are the tools of mobs and tyrants and have no place in this calculus,” writes columnist Kathleen Parker (TNT, 2-5) about those who communicated dismay to the Susan G. Komen foundation in recent days.

She was implying that those who were upset by the foundation’s choice to defund grants to assist low-income, mostly young women detect breast cancer through free visits to Planned Parenthood health clinics are part of a mob manipulated by tyrants who resorted to coercion and intimidation. Not true.

My email last week to the local Komen affiliate said: “The Komen decision to eliminate funding for breast exams conducted by Planned Parenthood will harm women. The stated basis for the elimination of funding is not credible. Organizations like Komen sometimes make mistakes, but do not have to be defined by them; Komen could reverse its decision and that would be good for Komen and women.”

No coercion, no intimidation and not part of any organized effort to create a mob. And definitely not manipulated by a tyrant.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. beerBoy says:

    Parker inverts logic by claiming that those who stood up to the bullies are bullies.

  2. ManuelMartini says:

    Did Parker write an editorial piece about the bullying done by the “right to life” people on their annual day last month? I could have sworn I saw an organized effort to create a mob.

    Maybe Parker should visit Olympia’s Planned Parenthood office when the ghouls hang out with their surgery waste photos to strike fear into women. It would be a fine essay on “intimidation”.

  3. menopaws says:

    Yep—I actually like Kathleen Parker’s columns—she is usually a smart and savvy conservative. This time she was spouting the conservative “social agenda” line and treated a huge number of donors like rabid dogs. Matters of conscience are just that and should NEVER be dismissed as some kind of “mob mentality” A lot of people felt very strongly about this and they have checkbooks. That is the reality for any non-profit. You don’t ignore your donors. She actually received a comment from me on her Washington Post blog—-she is a wonderful writer, but needs to hear she missed the mark this time from us “rabid” types (seriously????)

  4. sandblower says:

    Sometimes she is a nitwit and she is a woman who should know better.

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