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Corporate “Creditability,” Not Money, Most Important to PPFA?

by | Feb 22, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Former PPFA President Faye Wattleton

Charlotte Hays is a terrific correspondent for the National Catholic Register, who wrote a piece that I just ran across. “Planned Parenthood and Komen: Future Funding Remains in Question: AT&T Situation Sheds Light on Defunding Issue” ran yesterday. While I will take a further look at her piece tomorrow, you can read it for yourself today at

As the title suggests, Hays is speculating (and that’s all it can be at this stage) about what the future relationship will be between Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood, which clobbered Komen unmercifully when it revisited its breast health grant strategy. For example, will it be similar to AT&T which (Hays writes) was also the object of an all-out barrage when it stopped donating to PPFA in 1990 but did not buckle under.

As I wrap up National Right to Life New Today for Tuesday, I leave you with this closing nugget. Hays writes.

“Faye Wattleton, who was president of Planned Parenthood at the time of the AT&T controversy, summed it up in her book Life on the Line. ‘Corporate support was only about 5% of our budget,’ Wattleton wrote, ‘but it meant a great deal to us. The credibility that such endorsements bestowed was at least as valuable as the actual dollars given.’”

Worth considering in light of the fact that to a $1 billion corporation, the amount of money coming to PPFA from Komen was peanuts.

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