Komen Executive Karen Handel Resigns After Planned Parenthood Dispute

Karen Handel resigned from Komen International today after the Planned Parenthood dispute from last week.
Life News reported:

Karen Handel, a top Komen official who was said to be instrumental in putting in place the changes in Komen policy that essentially resulted in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, has resigned her position.

As LifeNews reported last week, Komen initially decided in December to revise its grant-making process to fund grants to agencies that provide direct health services for women — which would eliminate Planned Parenthood since it does not do mammograms. After Planned Parenthood, Democratic members of Congress and the media pounced on Komen for its decision, Komen clarified that Planned Parenthood would still be allowed to submit grant requests but they may or may not be funded.

Handel’s former spokesman Dan McLagan told media outlets today that she has called an afternoon press conference to announce her decision.

According to AP, Handel released a letter (full text below) in advance of the press conference giving more insight into her decision.

“I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it,” Handel said in her letter. “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 had not spoken out public since the Komen decision became public last week.

The decision came about in part because Komen hired pro-life former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel as its new Vice-President for Policy. While media reports have differed about the level of influence she had on the Komen decision to change its grant policies, the liberal Huffington Post allegesin a weekend story that that was the case.

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  • mackykam

    New Headline:

    Planned Parenthood aborts Komen exec.

  • burt

    Obama: I wil NOT use federal dollars for abortion.

  • cal rifkin

    She doesn’t want to fund abortions…she’s actually been pushed out for a very valid policy. What horrible publicity for Komen and PP.

  • Remco Kimber

    And the Left says that its ideology isn’t a religion, with abortion is highest sacrament.

  • Valerie

    Note that the Life News justification for the move, namely because Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms, is DIFFERENT from the justification reported in my local newspapers and on the radio, namely that PP was “under investigation” that turned out to be political in nature.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/01/news/la-heb-komen-planned-parenthood-congressional-investigation-20120201

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PLANNED_PARENTHOOD_KOMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    And, the person who says it was because of the investigation is identified as Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun.

  • Ausonius

    With the revelation of new (and not so new) studies showing a relationship between abortions and increased risk of breast cancer, it is not suprising that such a group would desire no relationship with Planned Genocide (oops, I meant Parenthood-I forgot, they disavow Ms. Sanger’s stated goal now).

    I think it is good that there is public awareness to the relationship, as it may prove to be a costly one to the organization, but then again, it never ceases to amaze me what people will ignore these days.

    America has become the reality of the frog in the frying pan analogy.

  • Maryd

    I predict that donations to Komen will sharply decrease. I hope so anyway, there are other breast cancer research organizations out there.

  • bg

    ++

    “I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it,” Handel said in her letter. “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.”

    ~ Karen Handel

    a woman with powerful convictions, God bless her..
    i for one am hoping to hear a lot more from her.. :-)

    ==

  • Valerie

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/komens-planned-parenthood-decision-all-about-politics/2012/02/01/gIQAJS1xhQ_blog.html

    The Washington Post has some nice political backdrop for this, but the interesting part is at the bottom.

    The Washington Post says this, although it cites no source:

    “Over the past five years, Komen funding has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams out of more than 4 million nationwide at Planned Parenthood health centers. Komen has also provided more than 6,400 out of 70,000 mammogram referrals.”

    I consider that a crucial assertion. I heard over the radio that some doctor, when pressed, said that no mammograms were performed, only referrals.

    I am not impressed with the number of “clinical breast exams” mainly because that gets done as part of every routine gynecological visit.

  • RedGrandma

    I have read that there can be serious backlash to Komen for all of this. The progs threatened to withhold contributions over this issue originally and with the reversal gave Komen a boost. But many conservatives and conservative groups have said they will now put their contributions elsewhere. Komen may find that their conservative supporters were the more generous of the two groups and the loss of them might be very harmful. Too bad. It is a worthwhile organization. But there are others who work honorably toward the same goals. No need to abandon the cause.

    I am sure Karen Handel will land on her feet with an organization that appreciates her principled stand.

  • creeper

    The turmoil this woman brought to Komen, at the beginning of their greatest national fundraiser, was devastating. Financially-strapped women needing diagnosis and treatment for breast CA will suffer for the political gamesmanship of Karen Handel. Good riddance.

  • bg

    ++

    Ausonius #6 February 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

    re: [America has become the reality
    of the frog in the frying pan analogy.]

    well, it’s a pot of boiling water, but the analogy is the same..
    but with Chef Obama doing the cooking, we’ve obviously no
    other choice but to fry..

    Judicial Activism

    Marxism

    Islamism

    scroll thread for more, and a bit more
    here, in connecting links & threads..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    minor correction re: #12 February 7, 2012 at 11:01 am bg

    and with Chef Obama

    no but about it..

    ==

  • J. Knight

    #2

    He’s really trying to keep his word on this one. He’s going to force the private sector to provide the funding, including religious organizations. When will someone…somewhere…just say…NO? We won’t do it, and you can’t make us. My friends….where are the Patrick Henry’s of our age?

  • wanumba

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    #11 February 7, 2012 at 10:54 am
    creeper commented:
    The turmoil this woman brought to Komen, at the beginning of their greatest national fundraiser, was devastating. Financially-strapped women needing diagnosis and treatment for breast CA will suffer for the political gamesmanship of Karen Handel. Good riddance.
    :::::::::::::::::::::

    I’m getting very cynical on all this. If a woman has a tattoo, she has proved she could afford several exams.

    I’m not buying ANYMORE that American women can’t pay for basic exams. They are getting freebies and spending their money on narcissist FRIVOLITIES. If they have CABLE TV, they can MORE than afford one exam one a year. Don’t get me started on the perfectly manicured toes.

    I’m in a country with a GDP per CAP of $600 a YEAR. The poor people here are SKINNY.

  • bg

    ++

    Valerie #9 February 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    my thought process hit a wall.. perhaps you could articulate why i am
    thinking Obama’s No Mammograms Until Age 50 has a lot to do with
    this??

    February 3, 2012

    Komen’s accidental case against breast exams

    aah, just can’t seem to untwist this pretzel at the moment, thanks..

    ==

  • http://mainfo.blogspot.com/ [email protected]

    Are the other executives of such low character to hang this one woman out to dry for their policy decisions? Was the that all-powerful? Shame on them!

    And too bad she couldn’t hang in there. Komen was finally on the right track. Saving women’s lives? How about unborn women too.

  • listingstarboard

    OMG you have to see the picture of Handel that Yahoo News is using-her front upper teeth have been so obviously photoshopped to resemble “buck teeth” it is absurd.

  • SturJen

    “#11 February 7, 2012 at 10:54 am
    creeper commented:”

    Knowing what I know about Planned Parenthood clinics, I would not step a toe into such a place! Even as an uninsured female, I would not deliberately go into a planned parenthood clinic. Their clinics are not regularly inspected by the health department and when they are, numerous egregious violations are reported: Unsterilized equipment, bloody equipment on the floor and a lack of trained nurses.

    Yes, as a poor woman, I still have a choice AND a brain. There is no way I’m going to trust that any of their clinics are run with any sort of healthcare standards. If I need a test run for cancer, I’ll select another charity.

  • http://biggovernment.com gosh!

    God bless this lady who was trying to do the right thing……..people who donated to cause to fight breast-cancer not knowing their money was being use to abort babies….Koren Organization is now tainted by this…………just sayin

  • donh

    Abortion is an ancient Minoen cult ritual hiding as a medical proceedure. Ancient Crete was ruled by an Amazon Priestess that was mimiced by Madonna at the SuperBowl. Take a close look at the black graffiti painted on her golden thone at the 30 sec mark…>> http://youtu.be/PyfdoZldrS4 ….the black > http://media.kcrg.com/images/plannedParenthoodLogo+2.jpg The P is in the shape of the Hebrew Koph letter surrounding a Yud letter. the Hebrew meaning of these letters is detailed here…> http://www.soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun/treeoflifeletters.htm …The Yud represents the microcosmic man. The Koph represents the head and the double headded axe used to split the head of Zeus after he swallowed Metis ..popping out the war goddess Athena. Abortion is a ritual to empower and enlighten women…and inflict sadism on men. The theme is repeated in Madonna’s ” Give me your Luvin ” video which ends with a man being struck in the head, popping out a baby into Madonna’s arms which she tosses away…>> http://youtu.be/cItHOl5LRWg

  • donh

    Part of my comment was deleted…The black mark painted on the back of Madonna’s golden throne >< is the Labrus symbol of the double headed axe used in crete in sacrifices. This symbol is also used in the planned parenthood logo.

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ C-Christian Soldier

    NO MORE $$$$$ -WALKS -thus SUPPORT– for ABORTION MINDED KOMEN! from Me-A Woman!
    C-CS

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  • dba…vagabond trader

    @bg:

    PP is slated to be the premier womens healthcare provider under Obamacare. When we are all funneled into single pay, then the fun begins with PP becoming the worlds largest abortion/sterilization/termination facility in the country.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    After Planned Parenthood, Democratic members of Congress and the media pounced on Komen for its decision,…

    It sounds suspiciously like the above feel that Planned Parenthood is entitled to Komen’s money…

  • wanumba

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    #22 February 7, 2012 at 11:49 am
    donh commented:
    Part of my comment was deleted…The black mark painted on the back of Madonna’s golden throne >< is the Labrus symbol of the double headed axe used in crete in sacrifices. This symbol is also used in the planned parenthood logo.
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    So, all Kabbala imagery and ritualistic posturing. hmm. It sure looked like pagan worship, but there were so many conflicting themes, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and kitschy gay nightclub, it was hard to figure out which religious blasphemy it was.

    The theme of woman making slaves of men was pretty blatant, though.

    Definitely agree on the abortion as a form of Baal worship, witchcraft. Sacrificing the innocent infant to conjure personal wealth and power is classic paganistic atrocity, still practiced in outright sacrificial ceremonies and in bare bones athiestic blank walls, closed doors banality.

    Funny now that Tebow's team didn't advance to have any part of THAT. Apart from Giants fans being happy about the result, there really hasn't been anything even remotely charming about the behavior of the two teams afterwards. Just *meh.* The half time show was atrocious in its hedonistic debauchery to celebrate Madonna's collossal ego.

    All this human history and advancement and Madonna wants to be a sleazy cult goddess. That's it. Sorry for the pack of kids she accumulated.

  • Buffalobob

    The progs can claim victory, hope they realize they are still killing thousands of black babies every year.

  • Patty

    Handel on Fox Now.

  • bg

    ++

    #25 February 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    dba…vagabond trader

    yep, sure looks like they’ll win as well..

    #28 February 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    Buffalobob

    what Black babies?? /s/

    ==

  • Patty

    Planned Parenthood is so important that it can get leaders in Washington to reverse Komen?

    Obviously, $$$$, and Komen would lose backing if they don’t continue to have donations from other Association and individuals. Apparently, donations would be fewer because of those who are pro choice. This must be a big part of Komen’s ability to continue their work against breast cancer.

    Too much publicity for Komen and such a big association has rather indecisive head who felt they were right about defunding Parenthood but couldn’t predict the pull in Washington Planned parenthood has. Another time, another place but not in this administration.

  • PJay

    Komen’s donations will definitely plummet. Conservatives will find a new charity to support and liberals are only generous with OTHER people’s money so they probably never donated anything in the first place.

  • Finncrisp

    Planned Abortionhood wins! Babies everywhere lose, especially in poor neighborhoods. Make no mistake, the Demomarxists are the party of dead babies and consider it a badge of honor. Disgraceful…

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  • Mike1776

    So the political hijacking of Komen by Karen Handel and her cronies is finally over. About time. Now Komen should go back to doing its job, and never again let itself be misused as a platform for an extremist’s (or anyone’s) political career — or for attempts to impose one person’s religious views on other Americans. I resent Handel’s diversion — morally, it’s theft — of my contributions to Komen. I gave to fight cancer; Handel used the money for her jihad against Planned Parenthood.