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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Calls Grow for Leader of Komen to Step Down; the carnage following the outcry that got Karen Handel continues

From The New York Times:

Calls for the resignation of Nancy G. Brinker, the founder and chief executive of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer charity, grew Wednesday amid news that a second high-profile executive was leaving the group.       

The resignations come after a national outcry over Komen’s decision earlier this year to eliminate most of its financing for breast cancer education and screening to Planned Parenthood, which runs women’s health clinics that also provide birth control and perform abortions. At the time, the national Komen organization said it had decided not to finance grant applications from organizations under government investigation. Although Planned Parenthood was not the subject of an investigation, a Republican congressman, Cliff Stearns of Florida, was looking into whether the group had spent public money on abortions.
       
After critics charged that Komen was politicizing women’s health by trying to distance itself from Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer charity rescinded its decision in February and Ms. Brinker apologized. Days later, Karen Handel, the group’s senior vice president for policy, who had become a lightning rod for criticism over the Planned Parenthood issue, resigned. But the controversy, stoked by heated comments on social media sites like Twitter, has turned off some longtime supporters, resulting in reduced fund-raising at some affiliates

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