Hours Before Protest Planned in Front of Susan G. Komen HQ on LBJ, Karen Handel Resigns

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For days now Nancy Brinker has said, over and over, that Karen Handel -- the one-time gubernatorial candidate from Georgia and Palin pal -- had nothing to do with Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to cut its funding to Planned Parenthood. Handel, who's Komen's senior vice-president for public policy, didn't say anything. Till now, when she says: I'm out.

The Associated Press has gotten its hands on her adios missive, in which the abortion foe writes that she is "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 Komen's future and the women we serve." So, that, as they say, is that.

Well, not quite: Late yesterday we got word that several groups -- including reps from MoveOn.org, CREDO Action and UltraViolet -- are congregating at Komen's LBJ HQ at noon today to drop off "petitions signed by nearly 850,000 people demanding that Komen not let anti-choice extremists get in the way of funding life-saving breast health care services for women." Will we be there? Why, yes.

Update at noon: Below is a statement from MoveOn.org concerning Handel's resignation and the reason for today's still-scheduled protest.
In response to Karen Handel's resignation as vice president for public policy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Elena Perez, Campaign Director for MoveOn.org, released the following statement:

"Karen Handel's resignation is welcome news to hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members who spoke out against Komen's decision to let anti-choice extremists get in the way of funding life-saving breast health care for women. Komen should continue to fund Planned Parenthood breast health screenings, and never again let politics come before the fight against breast cancer."

Today, MoveOn.org, along with CREDO Action and UltraViolet will protest outside Susan G. Komen for the Cure headquarters in Dallas, TX and deliver petitions signed by nearly 850,000 people demanding that Komen continue funding grants for Planned Parenthood. You can read MoveOn's petition here: http://pol.moveon.org/komen/?id=&t=2

Handel's resignation comes after Komen announced that Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible for funding for breast health screenings, and then later reversed their decision after facing public outcry. Even though Komen reversed their decision to ban grants to organizations under politically-motivated investigation, they have yet to pledge that they will continue funding Planned Parenthood health care affiliates beyond 2012.

The event is taking place at Susan G. Komen for the Cure Headquarters in Dallas at Noon; 5005 L.B.J Freeway, Suite 250 Dallas, TX 75244
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sex bob omb
sex bob omb

May she find herself with pussy cancer and without health insurance.  Maybe Focus on the Family can have a pussy prayer vigil for her.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

And now a message from the Komen Group

Nothing to see here move along . 

Steve
Steve

we're going to destroy the pro life movement, then when we're done with that, we're going to make sure the republican party is a regional, minority party...oh wait...

Gustavson
Gustavson

Wow....I work in the building and there are 5 people out there with Signs.....Woowho!!! Great protest!

Tam_tagon
Tam_tagon

How do whack jobs like Karen Handel keep getting decision making jobs?  

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Those who hired her should go also.   They are responsible too.

Bob
Bob

Because former Bush Administration operatives keeping hiring them.

Phelps
Phelps

Essentially, it looks to me like the pro-abortion crowd has decided that they have to destroy an organization that helps fund breast cancer research and treatment over a tiny part of Planned Parenthood's budget -- a tiny part that doesn't even touch their core mission.

Why?

Because they know that if they let one organization out of this protection racket, a bunch of other people who are paying them tribute will suddenly decide to stop paying them too.  This was a shakedown, and now they have decided that like any good mafioso, if they let them get away with having defied them, all the other marks are going to wise up.

Anon
Anon

how is it any more of a shakedown than anti-abortion groups that apply pressure for the same reason? Komen's "value" for the cause of breast cancer is that its status among most people was very positive, such that it could continue to attract bigger donations, hold bigger events, etc. The fact is, Handel should have been fired over this, not allowed to resign. She came in, she designed a policy built specifically to deny funding to one organization, expecting it to happen quietly. It turns out, more people supported that organization than they realized, and it backfired on her. It also made the entire organization feel sort of vindictive. It instantly killed significant brand value that Komen has spent 20% of its donations to build and protect.We can debate about whether Komen should have ever started giving donations to PP. Given this incident, it's clear to me that they never should have. But they did, and they can't go back and undo that.

sillywabbit
sillywabbit

The big shakedown is Komen...why are they needed? Just give directly to cancer research. But, I guess you won't have any cutesy pink ribbons then, huh?

Mike3647
Mike3647

Right, and dancing idiots who walk for 60 miles due to all the commercials they need to pay for.

Grant
Grant

What surprises me is the way the Dallas media has been purged of everyone but power bottoms fighting among themselves to serve Cecile Richards and her barbed strap-on.

Bob
Bob

Now try saying whatever you mean in plain English.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Boy ohh boy, something stinks here. PP is a billion dollar org and they go ape shit cuz they were about to lose 680k, they doth protest too much. What pisses me off is the lack of direct support these mega orgs, PP included, have for the chicks that really need help with expenses.   On the Sandspit we have Walk for Women. the dinero goes directly to the chicks so they can get the help they need at M D Anderson. Average take is around 40K, dinero to chicks 95 percent. And yeah, us swingin' dicks write most of the big checks. 

Mike3647
Mike3647

Absolutely.  If people would put a little effort into where their money goes (and what the orgs do with it) you wouldn't have huge bloated corporate charities like these.

jfpo
jfpo

Finally, an angry white male who understands what "chicks" need!

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

So they're going to gather and protest...nothing?  They got everything they wanted, what are they protesting for?  To gloat?

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Good news. She needed to go for Brinker to have any chance to restore its badly tattered reputation.  By the way, Handel is an example of the worst of the anti-Planned Parenthood crowd -- that of a person willing to bow to pressure to get ahead.  In 2005, while serving on a metro Atlanta county commission, she voted to give more than $400,000 to Planned Parenthood for a downtown clinic providng services such as cervical cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and birth control.  It appears that in her former life, Handel was more of a supporter of women than in her Komen life.  Another of life's little ironies.

World Class Clown
World Class Clown

Damage done.  Komen is going to have to scale back and down, get back to the original mission, stop suing over the color pink, pay it's executive team a much more not-for-profit appropriate salary.

nomorepink
nomorepink

It is only right and just that Karen Handel leave Susan Komen.    It was NOT the best choice for women that they withdraw the funding for another population of women to have access to breast cancer screening as she said in her statement.  This woman is a real politician.  Don't just analyze her words, watch her actions too.

Sloppy Joe Buck
Sloppy Joe Buck

Karen Handel has done nothing wrong. By resigning, she is actually attempting to be a role model for Joe Tone. Meanwhile, Handel will continue to fight against the death of babies while Tone will conversely continue to fight for the death of decent journalism.

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