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Planned Parenthood, Doomed to Fail?

10:58 AM, Jun 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Campbell Brown writes in the New York Times about Planned Parenthood:

PLANNED PARENTHOOD has a large target on its back. At no time in the organization’s history has it faced such a concerted Congressional challenge to its agenda. But most worrisome is the organization’s shrinking number of defenders, and Planned Parenthood has only itself to blame. It has adopted a strategy driven by blind partisanship, electing to burn bridges instead of building them. That strategy is damaging, and possibly imperiling, its mission.

Most of Planned Parenthood’s work focuses on health care for low-income women, things like screenings for breast cancer and diabetes, and family planning. Despite the claims of its opponents that it’s solely an abortion provider, abortions represent only 3 percent of its work. Almost half of the organization’s funding (46 percent) comes from the federal and state governments, making it imperative that it have friends in both parties. But that’s tough to do when Planned Parenthood sees ideological purity as so paramount that it permeates every aspect of its strategic planning. There is almost no room for even slight deviations. Those who are not in lock step with the organization are viewed as enemies to the cause.

This mind-set will doom Planned Parenthood to failure. When an organization is willing to support only lawmakers who are with it 100 percent of the time, it virtually guarantees that the debate will be bitterly partisan.

Brown notes that Planned Parenthood turns on politicians who do not vote 100 percent with the group. And concludes, "President Ronald Reagan, while hardly a favorite of the abortion rights movement, did offer a brilliant lesson when he said, 'the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.' Planned Parenthood needs allies, or it will continue to become rigid, calcified and increasingly ineffective."

Whole thing here.

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