Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently emailed me a link to a survey, which reveals some interesting clues to Komen’s thought process. The survey is only available to those who received an email, but I took plenty of screenshots. The questions indicate that, while Planned Parenthood rejoices that they’ve won the battle, Susan G. Komen is still weighing its options.
For starters, Komen is finally doing what it should have done long ago: measuring support for Planned Parenthood.
But what I found most interesting were the requests for feedback on proposed statements. For each, they asked “How believable is this statement?” “Does this statement make you more or less favorable toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure?” and “Based on this statement, how much more or less likely are you to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure?” The statements indicate that they are weighing several options.
Option #1: Pretend that the real issue is that Susan G. Komen has been unscientific.
Option #2: Throw Karen Handel under the bus.
Option #5: More vague platitudes about how mistakes were made. But what was the mistake? Defunding Planned Parenthood? Caving and re-funding Planned Parenthood? Not being clear? Partnering with Planned Parenthood in the first place?