2/9: Decision. A reversal. A resignation

Moderated by Rick Badie

A decision. A reversal. A resignation. Karen Handel, vice president of public policy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned from the breast cancer charity Tuesday.

Officials from local affiliates of Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure share views on the now-abandoned grants policy, subsequent dust-up and how it played out here.

We also excerpt Handel’s resignation letter.

To read more on Handel’s response, check Jim Galloway’s Political Insider.

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February 9th, 2012
7:09 pm

Karen Handel wasn’t even the one who made the decision to pull the funding from Planned Parenthood. That was made by others and they told Planned Parenthood 2 months before announcing to world (big mistake, gave them two months to build a smear campaign). Problem is they made a rule, made a decision based on the rule, then didn’t stick to it. I give Komen credit for putting a rule in that they wouldn’t give organizations under governmental investigation money (I’d wait until the investigation was over, too).
Planned Parenthood is just better organized, knows smear tactics and dirty politics much better (probably goes with the nature of some of services they provide) and has much of the media behind them. Komen was way in over their heads with whom they were dealing (and as brought up earlier, good question why they’d be giving to PP to begin with). Let’s face it, one organization is there to help women (and men, too, as 1% of breast cancer diagnoses are men) and one helps kill babies. Planned Parenthood even lied right away and said the $700k Komen gave them helped 170k women get mammograms…that’s $4 each, how the he## does $4 help a woman get a mammogram?

Tyler Durden

February 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

She managed to tarnish the biggest brand and most respected charitable organization in the country. And what did they get in return? Oh, that’s right. Nothing.

Karen, on the other hand, managed to cement her bona fides to the ultra anti-choice crowd and then jettison herself as a martyr to the cause, which is likely all she wanted to begin with…

Or, in moron speak: Mission Accomplished :-)


February 9th, 2012
3:35 pm

Regardless of political belief, religious belief, party affiliation, if I donate money to a cause I expect it to be used for that cause. My mother had breast cancer as did a number of friends and I have donated, participated in races etc. Assuming my money was going towards a cure, I don’t happen to believe helping the poor get mammagrams is finding a cure. Not to say it is not a worthy cause but it is misleading. Donees need to be upfront about what the money will be used for


February 9th, 2012
2:20 pm

Karen Handel is a disgrace and an embarrassment to this state.


February 9th, 2012
2:16 pm

It makes you wonder about the Komen Management Team and how they could botch something up this badly. I mean either you support Planned Parenthood or you don’t. As a result of their actions they really made themselves look incompetent.

Doug B

February 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

Yeah, it’s been horrible for those on Medicare…


February 9th, 2012
10:36 am

This situation is just the tip of how our healthcare system will be politicalized as the new health care laws go into effect. We will destroy health care workers the way we have destroyed teachers.
What should be private matters and a personal choice will now be used as weapons of mass destruction for those seeking political power.