Skip to comments.Komenís Karen Handel Resigns After Planned Parenthood Dispute
Posted on 02/07/2012 8:18:18 AM PST by Rutles4Ever
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 funds 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.
TEXT OF LETTER
February 7, 2012
The Honorable Nancy Brinker
CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure VIA EMAIL
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250
Dallas, Texas 75244
Dear Ambassador Brinker:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been the recognized leader for more 30 years in the fight against breast cancer here in the US and increasingly around the world.
As you know, I have always kept Komens mission and the women we serve as my highest priority as they have been for the entire organization, the Komen Affiliates, our many supporters and donors, and the entire community of breast cancer survivors. I have carried out my responsibilities faithfully and in line with the Boards objectives and the direction provided by you and Liz.
We can all agree that this is a challenging and deeply unsettling situation for all involved in the fight against breast cancer. However, Komens decision to change its granting strategy and exit the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood and its grants was fully vetted by every appropriate level within the organization. At the November Board meeting, the Board received a detailed review of the new model and related criteria. As you will recall, the Board specifically discussed various issues, including the need to protect our mission by ensuring we were not distracted or negatively affected by any other organizations real or perceived challenges. No objections were made to moving forward.
I am 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 Komens future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyones political beliefs or ideology. Rather, both were based on Komens mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and 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 is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly.
Just as Komens best interests and the fight against breast cancer have always been foremost in every aspect of my work, so too are these my priorities in coming to the decision to resign effective immediately. While I appreciate your raising a possible severance package, I respectfully decline. It is my most sincere hope that Komen is allowed to now refocus its attention and energies on its mission.
Sincerely, Karen Handel
Maybe move to Breaking. Sorry for the double post.
I have no sympathy. All these “cure” groups reek of “scam”.
Interesting ~ even more disgruntled former employees in the mix ~
Planned Parenthood lambasted SGK for giving in to pressure to stop funding them. But when the media blitz that followed skewered SGK and they relented, that’s not giving in to pressure?
Translation: SGK Board told her she could quit or be fired.
So I will take this to mean that SGK is going full throttle back into the arms of Planned Parenthood.
I seriously want to look into starting a rival organization for breast cancer and also focused on other women’s cancer. Koman has shown to be a scam, both politicized and top heavy with administration costs. I have not supported them in the past due to the minimal amount actually going to the cause and the PP money.
I have yet to see why an organization fighting breast cancer would support an organization promoting a practice that has been shown to increase the chances of the very disease they are fighting. This is akin to a lung cancer charity funding a cigar smoking group.
Nominate her for Republican Congressperson.
Welcome to the high stakes world of corrupt Democrat politics, Karen.
Liberal women to Komen:
“No funding of killing babies - no Cancer funds”
The Leftist press did a magnificent job of turning “red to green and up to down”...
Of course the politics was already interjected with funding an abortion center where money is fungible.
The extricating of funding away from the abortion PP is then spun to appear as though that is the politics.
Goebbels award to MSM and PP
Wow. She did everything but make a rude gesture to Komen. What a despicable organization.
“However, Komens decision to change its granting strategy and exit the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood and its grants was fully vetted by every appropriate level within the organization. At the November Board meeting, the Board received a detailed review of the new model and related criteria. As you will recall...”
Decision like this are not made in a vacuum and she point out here it was. This issue with Komen was not one that gave into pressure. It shows that at every level SGK’s leaders have no spine and no longer worth your time, energy or donation.
I hope NCL stops assisting SGK.
But, I'm not sure that cigar smoking has ever been proven to be a cause of lung cancer.
Not only of good character, but the letter as written was an excellent “up yours”.
I have a problem with groups that seek my donation, and then use that money to lobby for more government money and elimination of some of my freedom. And when the cure is found? Well there is always something else to replace the targeted scourge.
Won’t be long before you’ll hear someone asking “what was the name of that lib group of panhandlers with the pink ribbon logo?”.
Good cause, wrong path. Too bad it took this long for the truth that its nothing more than another liberal cause supporting abortion, to come out.
Nice letter. She was correct. How could they be for the “cure” when abortions contribute to the cause?
Traditional oncology by destroying a person’s immune system will very soon be seen as worse than middle ages bloodletting.
... says the voice from under the bus.
A very well-presented resignation letter.
Notice how she declines the severance package at the end. Severance packages always come with a confidentiality provision (that is -shut up and never talk about this again)
I don’t think we have heard the last of her. I hope she exposes the nasty underbelly of this phony organization.
It's the height of hipocricy.
Unfortunately, it’s the whole world of ‘non-profits’ and ‘foundations,’ etc. Good intentions converted to comfortable careers for grant-writers and grant-seekers from well heeled and politically powerful organizations. NO ONE has played that game as well as Soros.
Komen was already off our list for donations. Their singular focus on only one type of cancer is not acceptable. As a cancer surivor, I chose to give to the Cancer Society and urge others not to be gender bound in their contributions.
Each year thousands of women walk past our house and next year it will have a banner on it..advertising the Cancer Society.
I was considering a donation to that organization until they decided to continue to support rampant infanticide.
Pro-lifers, remember to look for the Komen label — and try to AVOID it — on household goods.
Komen had a good, solid chance to get out of subsidizing abortions, but then it decided abortions were more important than its central mission, namely fighting breast cancer.
Perhaps one day Komen will correct its error. Until then, strive to buy non-Komen-labeled products.
WOW! I smoke an occasional cigar. What charity is that? I could use a little funding...
“So where does this Karen Handel live?
Nominate her for Republican Congressperson.”
Proud to say she was our Sec of State in Georgia. Ran for the Rep nomination for Gov was unfortunately was beaten in a run off by dickweed Nathan Deal...was endosed by Palin, Romney and Jan Brewer...to bad she lost
Nominate her for Republican Congressperson.
Karen Handel ran for Governor of Georgia two years ago and lost to Nathan Deal in a run off. Consensus here was that she ran a dirty campaign.
correction: Handel ran for the Republican nomination for Governor.
I would estimate that 30 to 40 million more people are now aware of the connection between Komen and Planned parenthood.
She should take some time to reflect on just how far accomodating evil got her.
Here’s the Forbes article about this:
Karen Handel is the victim of a horrendous stream of character-assassination Tweets on Twitter. “They” have been doing the same thing to Newt for weeks now, but not with the shrill banshee intensity that is so characteristic of the feminazis.
The leftist-feminazi scum keeps pinning the Nazi label on pro-life conservatives. They don’t seem to realize that Planned Parenthood has a REAL Nazi past, which especially includes the feminazi “hero” Margaret Sanger.
Now obama has wrapped up all the demographic-engineering dreams of the feminazis, muslims, utilitarians, and La Raza partisans into one law known as obamacare. The Orthodox and Roman Catholic bishops are standing against this outrage—many others should join them!!!!
Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.
There appear to be factions in Komen. Interesting.
“I have no sympathy. All these cure groups reek of scam.”
Of course people would love to witness the day when there are even more treatments and cures of breast cancer, but seeing that pink ribbon logo affixed to commercial products like 2012 appointment calendars at Staples is over the limit of infiltration. I’ll be Komen’s donation drop now that everyone’s aware they’re a funder of an abortion promoting organization.
In today's “culture” not only do “nice guys” finish last; sometimes honest men and women do, too. At least Karen Handel can leave w/her head held high and her integrity intact.
“Komen For The Kill.”
You are right about corrupt Democrat politics. If PP didn’t have the Democrats supporting them, where would they be? The Dems give them millions of dollars of OUR money, they are guard dogs for PP in the legislature, fighting any proposals to limit abortion in any way and notice how 26 Dem senators came at Komen like so many bats out of hell. Notice how Mayor Greenberg jumped right in with a huge donation to PP. The Dems know that Planned parenthood is a big part of their power base, Planned Parenthood donates a large sum of money to Dem politicians, money which the Dems have given to them from our taxpayer dollars. Planned Parenthood and the Dems can also count on a certain percentage of votes from angry or gulible women who think that abortion is a woman’s right. The Democrat coalition came out of the closet to reveal who they really were. Maybe this will wake up a lot of Americans.
I sometimes wonder about who sits on the boards of these charities and foundations. Remember how Obama and Bill Ayres managed to get on the board of the Annenberg Fund. I hope freepers can shed some light on this. I sometimes get the feeling that the far left is working its way through all of the institutions including businesses, foundations and charities by putting its members on their boards, and don’t forget that people on these boards often belong to a number of boards, not just one.
You do realize that to the rats, Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a laundromat for campaign cash? Most of that taxpayer money (ie., Republican money) the rats dump on PP is returned to rat campaign coffers through "donations" and other activities. See how it works?
Yes, I do see how it works, and I can see that this same handy scheme works in many many ways, Solyndra is one example. I think they use this scheme with every Democrat donor group.