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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-05-12 04:38 PM
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Karen Handel,Susan G. Komen's Anti-Abortion VP, Drove DecisionTo Defund PlannedParenthood
Source: Huffington Post

February 5, 2012 16:22:00
Laura Bassett

WASHINGTON -- Susan G. Komen for the
Cure, the nation's leading anti-breast-cancer
charity, has insisted that its since-reversed
decision to pull funding from Planned
Parenthood arose from a routine change in
criteria for grant eligibility that had nothing
to do with abortion politics.
But a Komen insider told HuffPost on
Sunday that Karen Handel, Komen's
staunchly anti-abortion vice president for
public policy , was the main force behind the
decision to defund Planned Parenthood and
the attempt to make that decision look
nonpolitical.
"Karen Handel was the prime instigator of
this effort, and she herself personally came
up with investigation criteria," the source,
who requested anonymity for professional
reasons, told HuffPost. "She said, 'If we just
say it's about investigations, we can defund
Planned Parenthood and no one can blame
us for being political.'"
Emails between Komen leadership on the
day the Planned Parenthood decision was
announced, which were reviewed by
HuffPost under the condition they not be
published, confirm the source's description
of Handel's sole "authority" in crafting and
implementing the Planned Parenthood
policy.


Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com/blackberry/p.html?id=1255948



so glad the truth is coming out. what a nasty person she is to do that and conspire a way to cloak the action..

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-12 06:05 AM
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1. Well, she is PUBLIC POLICY director, so I don't think the organization can
Edited on Mon Feb-06-12 06:20 AM by No Elephants
disassociate itself successfully from her views on reproductive choice.

You don't put someone like that in charge of public policy for an organization that is supposedly all about women's health unless you are pretty much in line with her thinking.

BTW, it is not only about abortion. We have movements trying to undermine Griswold v. Connecticut, the contraceptives case, as well as Roe v. Wade. Apparently, the only way to make their ideas stick is to try to criminalize the behavior of everyone who does not agree with them.

Maybe teen pregnancy will be a crime soon.

Komen has been involved in at least three major controversies that come to mind.

One was selling all that pink stuff. People buy a $300 pink stand mixer, thinking the money is going to fight breast cancer, when only some tiny portion of of the purchase price actually gets to the organization. Which is fine--IF---people who are buying the stand mixer know that.

The controversy occurred years ago and it is still not clear to consumers how little of the purchase price goes to fighting cancer. So, I don't think fairness to people who want to help them is high on their list of priorities.

Another controversy was suing another cancer fighting organization for using the term "for the cure." Not exactly unique words when it comes to organizations supposedly seeking a cure for cancer or any other illness. Moreover, the money donors gave to both organizations to fight cancer was going to legal costs.

And now this.

Me, I think I'd rather give to some other cancer fighting organization, or some other kind of group.

If there were ever actually a cure--as opposed to telling us not to smoke, to exercise and to eat lots of fruit and veg-- I'd be so surprised that I'd probably die on the spot from a heart attack.
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