Harding takes heat for removing items with pro-choice link

Highlighting how we all should be contributing to breast cancer research, since October is the month for it, KARK-4’s website repackaged the TV report to give grief to Harding University for removing from its bookstore items from a foundation that contributed to Planned Parenthood.

You can hear the criticism in the line, “Out of nearly 7,000 students, one student’s complaint led to Harding removing the items.” So why in the world would the administrators act based on a single complaint? Isn’t that weird? Maybe they were acting in line with their institutional convictions, once the connection came to light.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation assured the world back in March that Planned Parenthood used their funds “only for breast health education, screening and treatment programs.” No hint in the TV or website reports that the organization has a history of sleaziness and dishonesty.

I suspect the Harding administrators — though I want to be careful not to put words in anybody’s mouth — would likely agree with this quote dealing with taxpayer money, but whose principle applies to freewill contributions as well:

Giving taxpayer money to organizations that promote and provide abortion, even if the money is not used for that purpose, frees up other funds for abortion purposes and gives the government’s stamp of approval to their abortion related activities.

We salute the university for pulling the foundation’s items from its offerings. Consistency is not Emerson’s “hobgoblin of little minds,” but the essence of integrity.

UPDATE: The items are back on the shelves, according to this website quoting a university press release:

Recently, some members of the Harding University community were concerned that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was distributing funds to organizations that support or provide abortion services. Mel Sansom, vice president for finance at Harding University, agreed to remove two items that bore the Komen Foundation logo from Harding’s bookstore while researching this issue. After further review, Mr. Sansom has learned that neither the National Susan G. Komen Foundation nor the Arkansas affiliate support groups that provide abortions. Therefore, the two items have been put back on the shelves for sale in the bookstore.

While talking with representatives from Harding today, Sherrye McBride, executive director of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Komen Foundation, said, “We have a history of working together with Harding, and we will work together in the future. We [the Komen Foundation] are only about breast health.” Harding University has a long history of working to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research, including working with the Komen Foundation through events such as Stroll for the Cure, an event sponsored by Harding Alumni Relations.

The site says that Sherrye McBryde, executive director of the Arkansas Affiliate for Komen Foundation, stated that “other affiliates around the country fund mammograms at Planned Parenthood, but not in Arkansas.”

Apparently, the removal of the items from the bookstore was to allow for researching the issue and Mr. Sansom was satisfied that no monies from the Arkansas chapter went to Planned Parenthood.

UPDATE 2: Best I can tell, all this is being driven by the TV stations in Little Rock and Jonesboro (the latter report, very strange with so much talk about PP; and who did the email come from?). Both Harding and the Arkansas affiliate of Komen have nothing on their websites, foolishly, but they’re feeding emails to the TV stations. It would be interesting to know who leaked the original story about the removal of items from the bookstore and created the tempest in the teapot.

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