Komen executive resigns after Planned Parenthood controversy
Women in Seattle, Washington, hold signs Friday after the Komen foundation's reversed a decision to not fund Planned Parenthood breast exams.
February 7th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

Komen executive resigns after Planned Parenthood controversy

Karen Handel, a vice president with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, resigned her position Tuesday following a controversy over funding for some Planned Parenthood projects, the foundation said.

Komen last week initially said it was going to stop its Planned Parenthood funding, which Planned Parenthood said largely paid for breast exams at local centers. But Komen reversed the decision on Friday after facing pressure from lawmakers and internal dissent.

Handel, the foundation's vice president for public policy, opposes abortion, which is a service that Planned Parenthood provides. Handel was the driving force behind the foundation's decision not to renew parts of its longstanding partnership with Planned Parenthood, the Huffington Post reported earlier this week after reviewing internal e-mails at the foundation.

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  1. Philip

    If it saved PP money on one end, they used it on the other end. You can chop funds into catrgories all day long..."a penny saved is a penny earned" still appliies.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vegasrobert

      i guess you feel very strongly that you should decide for a woman, and therefore if any woman disagrees w ur chouice you also feel those women should be exposed to the risk of breast cancer and be denied a simple screening.

      this is what i call dangerously radical and extreme

      February 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    If it helps PP, it helps abort. duh.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vegasrobert

      no duh.. it pays for breast screenings not abortions

      February 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      Over 7 billion population. More humans not needed.

      February 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Brown

      Hi, Phillip. How many unwanted children have you adopted?

      Hmmm... thought so. Hypocrite!

      February 8, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gem

    Good - she was trying to use her political views to interfere what is for the better of a majority of women.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vegasrobert

      my reaction exactly.. she lost focus of a great cause and was too blinded by her own views on a different issue.

      February 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    You still just ended the life of a potential American. Hope that makes you feel proud.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gem

      Shut up you bible-thumpin' freak.

      February 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      Already got enough Americans. Don't need more immigration, either.

      February 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gem

    Get your hand off of that bible President Obama you bible freak. You too Congress who pray before every session. Freaking weirdos.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      Gem will be all dressed up at her funeral with no place to go...

      February 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • vegasrobert

      Ken wth is that comment? if she doesn't agree with you, you believe your god will banish her to hell? guess what? so did EVERY civilization and EVERY religion before yours.. they were ALL wrong. think about it.

      February 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • to vegas report

      VegasRob – I think he's trying to say that since religion is fantasy, Gem will be dressed at a funeral and going no where, since there is no heaven or hell.

      February 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JEN


    February 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sepia Princess

      Seriously, JEN. All three women are fat? I see eonly one slightly overweight woman in the photo. You must have a disorder. And I'm thinking there are more issues to be addressed from this article than fat women.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RillyKewl

    Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Ha, ha, ha.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Philip

    If pregnant women, especially younger ones...if they are so wise so as to be the ones who come to the correct and wise decision, then why is it not one member of our Supreme Court is pregnant? It was due to their faulty decision making capacity that got her pregnant to begin with. And I'm not talking about forgetting to make sure he wore a condom. Anyway, right or wrong, legal or illegal, women are going to be aborting their own babies just like they always have. If their is blood, it's not on our hands. That is for certain.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. SinginInTheRain

    I bet the real Susan Komen woulda beat the SNOT outta Handel for crapping down the well like that. Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!!! There are a lot of well-meaning, hard-working Komen volunteers that put a LOT of time into an otherwise noble cause, just to see a small group of suits rip the whole organization's image to shreds. I don't think the bloodletting will (or SHOULD) end with Handel, though.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mateo

      The thing is, you gotta wonder what Komen was thinking to begin with, to hire a known ideologue like Handel?! Even the most cursory look at her political career back in her home state of GA indicates she was obviously a very opinionated, extremely Conservative and "controversial" character! Or did they think she'd undergo a "personality change" at Komen?Oh, and it doesn't help either, that a so-called charitable "non-profit" like Komen can afford to pay their senior execs over half a mil a year!

      February 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L Ray

    I've had lively debates about reproductive rights. I found an odd pattern—of the women who argue the most passionately against a woman's freedom to manage her own body, many came down to admitting "I HAD an abortion and I want to stop others from doing what I did." I just find that interesting. Is it that they can't accept the responsibility of their decision and they want to sooth their guilt by denying others the freedom they exercised? Is that why they are so engaged in managing someone else's life? Wonder if anyone else has noticed this pattern?

    February 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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