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Meet the woman who got Komen to defund Planned Parenthood

1:12 pm - 02/02/2012

After the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood, attention has focused on its Vice President for Policy, Karen Handel. She joined the group last January after a failed run for governor in Georgia, where she had advocated defunding Planned Parenthood.

But there’s another woman who deserves equal credit: Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It’s her group that issued a report last fall, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” that led to a probe by the Energy and Commerce Committee. And it’s that investigation that puts Planned Parenthood in violation of Komen’s new policy that bars funding of groups under investigation.

Yoest has run Americans United for Life for three years. She came to the group from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, and before that, served as the Family Research Council’s vice president for communications. She moved to Washington in the 1980s to work in the Reagan administration. But she counts this as perhaps her biggest victory.

“I have to say, it was some of the best news of my entire life,” Yoest told me in an interview this morning about the Komen decision. She saw the news yesterday afternoon, sitting in her driveway and checking Twitter.

“We’re so used to seeing Planned Parenthood succeed at defining themselves as the trendy place to be, and for Komen to make such a smart decision in recognizing the reality behind Planned Parenthood spin,” she adds. “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.”

Americans United for Life has, for the past year, aggressively pushed Congress to end Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. It has also drafted model legislation that states can use to bar abortion providers from receiving federal funds. Nine states have passed such laws, although the Obama administration has blocked their implementation.

Yoest hopes that the Komen decision is the beginning of a similar push, on the private side, to curtail Planned Parenthood’s funding, although she does not expect other funders to get on board overnight.

“We’ll be looking at their other supporters,” she said. “Let’s be honest, they’ve been very fashionable amongst a certain philanthropic set. I hope that this is a beginning of people re-looking at associations with the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

As those critical of the decision have shown their support of Planned Parenthood — it raised $400,000 in the 24 hours after the Komen decision — Yoest says the anti-abortion community is exploring ways to support the group. Her group will, for the first time, have a team in the District of Columbia Race for the Cure, called “Team Life.” Yoest, a marathoner, ran the race about a decade ago, but stopped after learning of Komen’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood.

“Yesterday we were looking at Komen’s Web site and how we can interact with them,” she says. “I want them to get as much of the benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons. That’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.”

The callousness and ignorance of this woman is horrifying. Yea, women totally choose Planned Parenthood because its "trendy!" - the fact that they offer low cost, affordable health services many women wouldnt otherwise be able to afford has noottthing to do with it.

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13chapters 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
I legit saw someone say that in the comments section of the WaPo today. (When someone said that righties want to make women "victims and criminals", one of the responses was, and I'm C&Ping: "Victims of what? Being a promiscuous female isn't being a victim!")

One day I will learn my lesson and stop fucking looking at comments.
darsynia 2nd-Feb-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think what has me so horrified at the news like this of late is how close we've come to stuff I used to think was overblown Onion article fodder... This is REALLY WHAT IS HAPPENING. WUT.
dustbunny105 2nd-Feb-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Female. Okay, then.
13chapters 2nd-Feb-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
ikr? that's when I stop paying attention.
dustbunny105 3rd-Feb-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
It's a good enough place to just walk away. That sentence really doesn't make sense in context anyway, unless righties started trying to encourage "females" to be promiscuous while my back was turned.
bleed_peroxide 2nd-Feb-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I hate this mentality that the only people that utilize Planned Parenthood's many services are so-called "s**ts" that decide to have an abortion.

I could go into the double-standards rant, but we all know it backwards and forwards. Just... asdfasdfsf rage-!
mirhanda 2nd-Feb-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
This so hard. I am just all but incoherent with rage over this crap. It's talking all my willpower not to go all capslock in these posts.
bleed_peroxide 3rd-Feb-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Capslock soothes the soul, though. And helps channel out some of the rage.

That, or I use angry icons. That works, too. |D
roseofjuly 3rd-Feb-2012 07:20 am (UTC)
But even if they were promiscuous...so what? They still don't deserve to die!

(Not directed at you.)
bleed_peroxide 3rd-Feb-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
But if they're promiscuous, they might *clutches pearls* behave with just as much sexual freedom and self-determination as a man! D:

We can't have that! Purity!!!!1!!eleven!!
celtic_thistle 3rd-Feb-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
jfc. I never read the comments myself. I always get the urge to reach through my monitor and choke people.
mirhanda 2nd-Feb-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
This. If they gave a crap they'd be out there HELPING WOMEN AND BABIES! But they aren't. They don't care if those babies die AFTER they are born, just as long as those dirty sluts have to pay for having the gall to enjoy sex.
msloserrific 3rd-Feb-2012 01:00 am (UTC)
IA. Especially considering how many anti-choicers don't give a single fuck about those babies the minute they're actually in the world.
roseofjuly 3rd-Feb-2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Or even while they're in the womb, since they don't want to provide funding for prenatal care and childbirth. PP also does low-cost prenatal care, if I'm remembering correctly. And giving birth can cost upwards of $15,000. Universal health care can help make sure that every fetus is wanted, grows healthily and is born with whatever technology mom and baby want and need - but they don't ACTUALLY care about any of that. They care about profits and control.
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