Komen VP Blamed for Planned Parenthood Decision Resigns
Karen Handel, the anti-abortion vice president for federal affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure who was reportedly behind the decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood, resigned from the group on Tuesday and acknowledged her role in ending the grants.
In a letter posted online and sent to the press, the former Republican candidate for Georgia governor both admitted her role in the controversy and denied that the decision had anything to do with "political beliefs or ideology." She maintained that the decision was made because of a change in Komen's grant priorities—repeating one of the many explanations Komen offered last week after the scandal erupted and before it retreated from its original announcement.
"What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision—one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact—has unfortunately been turned into something about politics," she wrote. "This is entirely untrue."
Last week, Komen CEO Nancy Brinker explicitly denied that Handel had anything to do with pulling the plug on Planned Parenthood funding. "Karen did not have anything to do with this decision," Brinker told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "This was decided at the board level and also by our mission."
The full letter is below the fold, and Clara Jeffery has more on why Handel's resignation isn't enough.