Komen V.P. Resigns Over Planned Parenthood Coercion

By:  Dave Bohon
02/09/2012
       
Komen V.P. Resigns Over Planned Parenthood Coercion

A pro-life official with Susan G. Komen for the Cure has resigned her position after the cancer charity was pressured into rescinding its decision to stop funding the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.  In her resignation letter, Komen vice president Karen Handel, whom pro-abortion activists charge was behind the initial decision by the charity to defund Planned Parenthood, said that she was “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.”
 
 

A pro-life official with Susan G. Komen for the Cure has resigned her position after the cancer charity was pressured into rescinding its decision to stop funding the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
 
In her resignation letter, Komen vice president Karen Handel (photo), whom pro-abortion activists charge was behind the initial decision by the charity to defund Planned Parenthood, said that she was “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.”
 
Handel noted that “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.”
 
She said that “Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and the 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 development should sadden us all greatly.”

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