After the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure's decision to defund Planned Parenthood, attention has focused on its Vice President for Policy, Karen Handel. She joined the group last January after a failed run for governor in Georgia, where she had advocated defunding Planned Parenthood.
But there's another woman who deserves equal credit: Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It's her group that issued a report last fall, "The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood," that led to a probe by the Energy and Commerce Committee. And it's that investigation that puts Planned Parenthood in violation of Komen's new policy that bars funding of groups under investigation.
Stipulate that Kliff is probably a liberal who disapproves of the Komen Foundation's decision, but she is correct in citing Yoest's work with Americans United for Life that encouraged members of Congress to launch the first-ever federal probe of Planned Parenthood's taxpayer-funded operations.
In July, Yoest organized a Capitol Hill press conference where leading pro-life House Republicans -- including New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren and North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers -- hailed the AUL report as "a blueprint" for a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood's misconduct. And six months later, the Komen Foundation's defunding is a direct result of that investigation.
Many important facts are being overlooked amid the liberal media noise (e.g., "Uproar as Komen Foundation Cuts Money to Planned Parenthood,") but among that forest of ignored facts, no one should fail to recognize Yoest's role as an effective leader of the pro-life movement in this battle.