Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen Executive, Quits Over Planned Parenthood Dispute

Karen Handel’s resignation is warranted and should have happened sooner.   This GOP war on Planned Parenthood over their less than 3% per year abortions is absurd.

I am truly amazed at the GOP cry on one hand of LESS GOVERNMENT intrusion on our lives while at the same time proposing and implementing dozens of legislation imposing their warped ideology on women across the country.

It really reminds me of their love the fetus and starve the child philosophy which is implemented legislation in dozens of states. Simply put, these same people who claim to care so much for the fetus, care nothing at all for the child…

The Huffington Post

Karen Handel, vice president for public affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned on Tuesday following public outcry over the announcement Komen would pull funding from Planned Parenthood. After Komen reversed its decision, The Huffington Post reported thatHandel drove the decision to defund Planned Parenthood over abortion politics and crafted the strategy to clean up the public relations mess that ensued.

Although she acknowledges her involvement in the Planned Parenthood decision in her resignation letter, she also decries what she calls “gross mischaracterizations” of the situation and maintains that the decision was not about politics:

I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it. I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology. Rather, both were based on Komen’s mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants.What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision — one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact — has unfortunately been turned into something about politics. This is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly.

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