Komen executive resigns and criticizes Planned Parenthood
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned yesterday, one week after the organization took flak for its decision not to fund . At her announcement, Handel criticized Planned Parenthood for leading an "orchestrated, clearly pre-meditated attack on Komen.", who was vice president of public policy for
The Komen Foundation is known for raising awareness of breast cancer and for its funding of.
Handel was a former Republican candidate for governor in the state of Georgia where she took a pro-life stance, but she lost the primary race to current Georgia Governor , who took office in 2011. Unlike others at Komen, Handel said the organization faced pressure from groups that were against abortion to do something about its funding to Planned Parenthood.
|I have known Karen for many years, and we both share a common commitment to our organization’s lifelong mission, which must always remain our sole focus.|
She said Komen's process for creating a policy that allowed the foundation to decline funding for any organization that was under investigation, even if it was not a criminal investigation, was a "thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision … that has unfortunately been turned into something about politics." Handel said while the guidelines behind the split were created before she had obtained her position at Komen, she was one person in the group who decided to apply them to Planned Parenthood and halt Komen's funding.
In her statement, Handel said she was "deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it."
Handel declined afrom Komen.
, who is Komen’s chief executive and founder, admitted the foundation made mistakes in handling the Planned Parenthood decision last week. "I accepted the resignation of Karen Handel," Brinker said. "I have known Karen for many years, and we both share a common commitment to our organization’s lifelong mission, which must always remain our sole focus. I wish her the best in future endeavors."
While the Komen Foundation has since reinstated its funding of Planned Parenthood, several other board members have also resigned since the controversy began.
- "Susan G. Komen Foundation reneges on Planned Parenthood funding cuts" — Wikinews, February 4, 2012
- "Susan G. Komen Foundation stops funding to Planned Parenthood" — Wikinews, February 2, 2012
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Wikipedia.
- Huma Kahn. "Top Susan G. Komen Official Resigns After Planned Parenthood Flap" — , Feb. 7, 2012
- Meghan Casserly. "Karen Handel Exits Susan G. Komen: The Resignation Letter" — , Feb. 7, 2012