For four days, friends and supporters have rallied loudly around Planned Parenthood.
What they might not know is that for 15 years, the Komen Foundation was bashed just as loudly for being their friend.
Since at least 1997, a Virginia-based Catholic anti-abortion group has crusaded against the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, all because of grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.
"Komen has not been taking a pro-life position, and it still is not taking a pro-life position," said Paul Rondeau, executive director of the American Life League.
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You'd think we could unite against cancer.
But his group wants us to divide.
On a hyperventilating website called STOPP, the league urges all Catholics to boycott Komen events and "insist" grants stop.
Komen is not the only target. STOPP's boycott list is almost a who's who of charities: the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, the Camp Fire Girls, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, the YWCA and your local Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs.
Whew. That's a lot of boycotting.
"We are winning," Rondeau declared Friday even as news spread that Komen relented on plans to stop grants to Planned Parenthood.
That wasn't enough to satisfy STOPP anyway, he said: "Komen must take a clear pro-life position."
In Bedford, Mike Carr of the politically influential Northeast Tarrant County Right to Life Educational Association said he will end gifts to Komen.
"The devil is at work here," he said.
I asked whether Lance Armstrong, founder of Austin-based Livestrong, is the devil for his $100,000 gift Friday to Planned Parenthood.
"Then we do not want anything to do with Mr. Armstrong," he said.
"The bottom line is valuing life."
Kyleen Wright of the Arlington-based Texans for Life Coalition said abortion opponents really gained ground last week.
"The message about Komen got out," she said.
"When you talk about a charity like that with so many corporate sponsors -- they don't need to be writing checks to Planned Parenthood."
I know that's what some folks want.
But I don't think it's what doctors and scholars and cancer researchers want.
And I want whatever helps them save lives.
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