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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 | 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.

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