Handel Behind Komen Planned Parenthood Decision

Handel Behind Komen Planned Parenthood Decision February 7, 2012

In the firestorm of controversy following the decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood, Komen’s founder repeatedly claimed that the decision had nothing to do with the hiring of Karen Handel, who is stridently anti-abortion and was a Republican politician in Georgia. But it appears that was a lie. HuffPo has the details:

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on the day the Planned Parenthood decision was announced, which were reviewed by HuffPost under the condition they not be published, confirm the source’s description of Handel’s sole “authority” in crafting and implementing the Planned Parenthood policy.

Things just get worse and worse for Komen. Though they reversed their terrible decision, it’s unlikely that they will ever fully recover from this self-inflicted wound.


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