Can Komen recover from grant furor?
News is breaking today that the woman who was thought to have been behind Susan G. Komen for the Cure's move to defund Planned Parenthood grants has resigned.
Karen Handel, the charity’s vice president for public policy, told Komen officials that she supported the move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. She said the discussion started before she arrived at the organization and was approved at the highest levels of the charity.
“I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it,” Handel said in her letter. “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.”
Think this will help? I doubt it since the fury over this decision doesn't seem to be subsiding. Having done many of these races including the first one in the Tampa Bay area in 1999, I find this so sad. Running those races was an awesome feeling, like girl power in action.
What would it take to get back to a united front against breast cancer?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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