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Komen Foundation Crumbled Under Social Media Backlash From Planned Parenthood Decision

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Over the last few days, there’s been a lot of buzz over the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Last Tuesday, Komen announced that it would no longer be sending fund to Planned Parenthood, much to the delight of pro-life supporters and the anger of the pro-choice supporters. However, it seems that the support and praise Komen received from the pro-life side wasn’t enough to offset the firestorm of criticism from the pro-choice side. Just 3 days later, Komen did a complete about-face and announced that it would keep funding Planned Parenthood, effectively silencing the pro-choice outcry, but shocking and angering its new-found pro-life supporters.

The biggest culprit of Komen’s flip-flop seems to be social media. An outpouring of criticism from Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs spread all over the Internet like wildfire. And that criticism is what pretty much “bullied” Komen into reversing its decision.

I’m not sure whether this whole fiasco is a testament to the power of social media, or an example of an organization that so easily bends to the whims of the public that they end up becoming a political punching bag, or maybe a little bit of both. It makes me wonder if Komen will reverse its reversal if it gets enough backlash from the pro-life people. It seems to me they’ll bend to just about anyone who yells at them loud enough.

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