11:07a: From AJC.com:
Karen Handel… just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.
Below is the letter. Note that Handel says she is declining the offer of a severance package from Komen – which might have required her to keep silent. She’s got a session with reporters this afternoon in Atlanta.
Read the letter at the link. Excerpt:
Komen’s decision to change its granting strategy and exit the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood and its grants was fully vetted by every appropriate level within the organization. At the November Board meeting, the Board received a detailed review of the new model and related criteria. As you will recall, the Board specifically discussed various issues, including the need to protect our mission by ensuring we were not distracted or negatively affected by any other organization’s real or perceived challenges. No objections were made to moving forward.
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.
During interviews the past couple days I have said I didn’t expect Handel to last the week.
Handel’s resignation is the result of an unsurprising witch hunt conducted by Planned Parenthood and the Left to cleanse Komen of pro-lifers and/or PP opponents.
But it is also the result of poor leadership at Komen. CEO Nancy Brinker started all this by playing footsie with Planned Parenthood by deciding to give the abortion giant grant money several years ago.
Brinker has long been a Planned Parenthood supporter, serving on PP of North Dallas’s board as recently as 2011.
By kowtowing to PP Komen has now agreed to give grants to organizations under federal investigation. In the case of PP, it is well documented to have committed waste, abuse, and potential fraud, as have been revealed in state and federal audits.