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. kp

    So she is the fall guy for this, how big of check did she get to be the fall person

    February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. cold war again

    She was in if for politcal reasons. Charity based organizations need to learn that if you want the most support as possible, you don't pick a side politically. This woman ran for Governor on the premise of getting rid of Planned Parenthood, and should have resigned her position then.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • richard

      well said.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      exactly right... good riddance to her. She had no place at Komen to start with. And Komen had no business bringing her on board, letting her pimp her beliefs to drive a policy decision, and then defending the decision as a "carefully considered and unilateral decision of the board". Komen's President should go too.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mack

    This is what happens when a person tries to skirt the system and push their anti-choice, right-wing, religious agenda that does not represent the mindset of an advanced 21st century society. Good call by Komen to reverse the decision (although they remain questionable in my mind), and glad this lady is out of a job. Reason prevails!!!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    Next: The Komen Foundation renames itself to Qwikster.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • MOReviews

      LOL!

      February 7, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. TheMovieFan

    Good. She should never have been part of the Komen organization.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rosemary Luzum

    I was encouraged by Komen's decision not to fund Planned Parenthood pending resolution of the investigation. That did not mean the funds were permanently stopped, but only that the Komen would abide by its own rules barring funding of ANY organization under investigation. How discouraging that their board caved in to pressure to disregard their own established guidelines. Now I learn that Karen Handel, a vice president for Komen, has "resigned," or is that been forced to resign over the initial decision, which was the right one to begin with. How shameful!!!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • RevRon

      The "policy" was written specifically to implement the ideological & political agenda shared by Handel and the organization's president. That's why the policy, as drafted and adopted, allowed for defunding an organization, even if the "investigation" into it was nothing but a political maneuver. IMO, both Handel and her boss should be removed for having intentionally undermined a noble charity in order to further their own political agenda.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Emmett

      The investigation of PP was a fraud put up by a Republican bent on destroying a very necessary organization. Thankfully this dishonorable fruitcake is gone.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • RevRon

      @Georgey, please do yourself a favor and research your facts somewhere besides bumper stickers and pro-life sites. Intentionally posting misinformation brings your own credibility into question, and unintentional posting of thoroughly disproved allegations reflects upon your intelligence.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. RevRon

    The partisan maneuvering starts at the top, as should the resignations. Time for the organization's president – who shares Handel's desire to destroy PP, to step down as well.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Absolutely right.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. brian

    Now that took courage! Do the right thing because it's the right thing to do!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. calvin

    First they said that Planned Parenthood no longer met the standards for receiving support (stinks of politics). Now apparently they meet the standards again. Simply amazing what POLITICS can do. Wonder if we'll ever find out what REALLY happened ???

    February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. LeeCMH

    Wheee! Handel gone from Komen! Thank you Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Georgey

    I think this is ridiculous. Komel decided they didn't want to send funds to a organization that basically only supports abortions. If PP helped young girls in making choices, that would be one thing, but the fact they had 1 adoption referal for every 340 abortions is ridiculous. Komel decided they didn't want to support a company that isn't clear with it's clients and then the media and un-informed people like 90% on this wall want to cry about it. People should be yelling at PP for telling girls that they'll help them, and then all but forcing them to abort as their way of helping. Amazing how media can sway the minds of the un-educated.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • John Knight

      Wrong wrong wrong. The sum total of monies spent by Planned Parenthood on abortions is 3% of their entire budget. The monies coming from Komen were strictly for breast cancer screening, helping over 170,000 get cancer screening care they could not get on their own.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • RevRon

      Suggest that some of you look further than the nearest bumper sticker for your information on what PP does. Abortions represent a very small fraction of the services they provide to women.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgey

      Wrong. The money was not solely for anything, it was a general donation so the money could be used for any section. However, Komel is against forcing little girls to abort, and is a pro-choice company. PP is not pro-choice but a abortion only reference.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Georgey, your attempt a disinformation is obvious and lame.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug from Seattle

      Where in the world do you get your information from!? Your information is factually incorrect! An even if it was, what a woman chooses to do with HER body is none of your damn business!!!!

      February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      incorrect information sir. You're too caught up in the false rhetoric against PP. Facts do matter, you know?

      February 7, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ice

      I agree and let me ask the people who support all esp late term abortions if a man punches a woman in the stomach and a baby dies he gets charged for murder but if a mom or doc does it for no other reason than they dont want the baby its not murder explain please people its not right.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bye bye Handel

      Georgie, bud. You need to read beyond the headlines. You also need to stop parroting the ultracon propaganda. The fact is, Planned Parenthood is an excellent organization. Yes, they 'do' abortions – but they also 'do' so much more. Hopefully, the this little battle will sink in – this isn't a fight that you can win because the TRUTH doesn't back you up.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. me in texas

    I think Planned Parenthood is a great organization however, I disagree with abortion. I do not think that an organization that is raising funds for breast cancer (Komen) should donate to an organization (PP) who provides abortion services. If the funds could be specifically designated for breast exams then so be it, but I find it difficult to believe.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bye bye Handel

      Yo. Tex. PP has strict rules: Komen funds, like federal funds, are expressly sequestered. As required by law, Federal funds go only to general health programs. Komen funds go only to cancer screening. Planned Parenthood has a multilayer management oversight and third party auditing to ensure that these rules are enforced.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bryan

    Yet another shameful display by the far-left intolerant bullies....

    February 7, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Another lame example of right-wing double-speak. When a right-wing bully is resoundingly censured, the right-wing calls it bullying. Boo-hoo, someone beat up a bully.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • RevRon

      Hmmm... Let's see... How many pro-life organizations have been bombed? How many organizers have received death threats or actually been murdered? For that matter, how many of the organization headquarters have had mobs of screaming protesters outside, haranguing anyone who enters or leaves with threats of eternal damnation? Yep... those lefties sure are bullies!

      February 7, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Bye bye Handel

      RevRon has a great point. I'll answer: No pro-life organizations have been bombed. Haven't heard about pro-life advocates receiving death threats; none that I can find having been murdered. And when IS the last time we've heard stories about pro-life organizational headquarters encircled by mobs of protesters outside, harassing anyone who enters or leaves, screaming threats of eternal damnation. Never. Hmmm.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Amandaletta

    As the sole owner of this body I was born with, I am offended when I am told by the religious right (who have NO place in politics anyway) what I can and cannot do with it. Which is why Planned Parenthood will ALWAYS get my dontations above ALL others. And I'm getting myself lots of Girl Scout Cookies while I'm at it!

    February 7, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bye bye Handel

      LMAO Georgey... some no-name propagandist? Is that the best you can do? Why don't you cite an actual news organization that can back up those claims? Reuters? BBC? Hmmm... even FOX NEWS won't back up those claims. What an utter waste of time.

      February 7, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carol

    The silent majority has spoken.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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