Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Komen Policy Director Resigns Over Planned Parenthood Flap

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The fallout continues in the wake of last week's debacle surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision (and reversal) to provide grants to Planned Parenthood.

A political firestorm erupted when the Komen organization said it would cut off $680,000 in funding to Planned Parenthood. In fact, the announcement resulted in Planned Parenthood reaping $3 million in private donations. Two days later, Komen said it changed its policies in a way that would allow Planned Parenthood to apply for grants.

This morning Karen Handel, a senior vice president of public policy for Komen, tendered her resignation. In a Twitter post, Handel said she had believed defunding Planned Parenthood was "the best one for Komen's future and the women we serve." During a previous, and unsuccessful, run for governor of Georgia, Handel said she would eliminate state grants for any organization—such as Planned Parenthood—that provided abortions.

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