The former vice-president of one of the country’s largest nonprofits shared Thursday the devastation Planned Parenthood caused against the organization when it “bullied” the group after it cut funding to the abortion seller.
Karen Handel, former vice president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was one of the speakers featured during a Family Research Policy lecture webcast — “The Planned Parenthood Shakedown of Komen for the Cure” — in Washington D.C.
Handel describes what happened in January after news leaked that the group, well-known for its ongoing fight against breast cancer, decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
“(The Komen foundation) was the subject of an unprecedented, premeditated, mafia-style assault all because Susan G. Komen for the Cure tried to do what was in the best interest its mission in the fight against breast cancer,” Handel said.
Just three days after the news got out that it had halted funds to the abortion seller, the Komen Foundation received threats from affiliates, corporate donors and Congress.
“Komen was portrayed as part of the ‘War on Women,’ for not renewing funding,” said Cathy Ruse, FRC’s senior fellow for Legal Studies, who also participated in the webcast. “After just 72 hours, Komen got the message and Planned Parenthood got the cash.”
The Komen Foundation is continuing to fund the abortion provider.
Over the past five years, the foundation has provided grants to Planned Parenthood for breast health-screening programs. In 2011, the foundation gave $690,000 to Planned Parenthood, and in 2010, gave $580,000.
Handel resigned in February from her position following the foundation’s decision to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. Her book, “Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” was released in September.
Handel described herself as an “accidental, if not, somewhat reluctant soldier, in the pro-life fight.”
“When I was doing my job at Komen, I was doing just that: My job,” she said, “I didn’t get to control the outcome, as that is the responsibility of God. But what I do have is the responsibility to bear witness about what happened. (The Komen Foundation) is a cause I care about — one I think that all of us can rally around in the fight against breast cancer.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Watch “The Planned Parenthood Shakedown of Komen for the Cure.”
Learn more about Karen Handel and her book, Planned Bullyhood.