Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Karen Handel Resigns From Komen

Says she supported cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood

Print Email

It looks like this morning’s question, why hasn’t anyone resigned from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, has been answered: Karen Handel, vice president for public policy has announced her resignation from the organization. Handel, a Republican who ran for governor in Georgia in 2012, says she supported Komen cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood—a move that was quickly reversed by the organization.

From Handel’s resignation letter:

I am 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. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology. 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.

Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen official, resigns after Planned Parenthood dispute [Politico]
Earlier: Komen Pulls Planned Parenthood Funding
How Will Pro-Choice Hadassah React to Komen?
Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Decision

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

George says:

Good for Handel. She’s obviously a principled person. Something Komen is obviously not.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Karen Handel Resigns From Komen

Says she supported cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood

More on Tablet:

50 Years of ‘The Sound of Music’

By Gabriela Geselowitz — Half a century after its release, the film’s historical inaccuracies glare