Karen Handel, the vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has quit her post at the breast cancer charity; her move comes on the heels of the group's reversal of it decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.As I just discussed on KHND Radio, her resignation won't put out any fires for Komen. The activists for whom abortion is a sacrament will never trust Komen again and will be at best lukewarm in their support for Komen events, and the pro-life crowd will completely disown them. The pink ribbon has now become forevermore connected with support for abortion and Planned Parenthood, and when October comes around an all those pink ribbon products are on store shelves, those people will not buy them.
In her letter of resignation, Handel, a conservative Republican who unsuccessfully ran for Georgia governor in 2010, said she had supported ending the funding of about $700,000. The charity ultimately decided to continue the grants after the cutoff sparked a nationwide furor fueled by social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Handel's resignation was first reported by the Associated Press.
Komen, known for raising money through events such as races and walks, said last week that it had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from future grants for breast-cancer screenings and education programs because a conservative congressman had announced an investigation of the organization, which provides abortions as part of its services.
Komen’s action sparked a political outcry, with Democrats and liberals saying the move was part of a broad campaign against Planned Parenthood for its position on abortions. Handel was singled out for criticism because of her conservative political views.
Handel denied politics played a role in the initial funding cutoff.
“Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology,” she wrote in her resignation letter. “Rather, both were based on Komen’s 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.”
I personally am planning to have a daily post during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) to remind my readers and all those people who follow me on Twitter and Facebook that the purchase pink ribbon items are equivalent to sending a check to Planned Parenthood and funding their 300,000+ annual abortions. I'm not letting this go.
If there's anything good that came out of this it's that we now know Komen has been funding Planned Parenthood for some time, and is made up of weak, easily cowed "leadership" that's unworthy of the trust the country put in that charity.