Handel out at Komen

Karen Handel, the evangelical activist and Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice-president who masterminded the organization’s decision to end its support for Planned Parenthood, has resigned.

Karen Handel, a vice president with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, resigned her position Tuesday following a controversy over funding for some Planned Parenthood projects, the foundation said.

In my own case, there were two elements of this thing that grated:

  • To withdraw the funding in order to frustrate abortions, with the result that other necessary services were not available — abortion is a small part of what Planned Parenthood does — is very much a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater (so to speak). It exhibited, in my judgment, fanaticism if not actual mean-spiritedness directed against the women who rely on Planned Parenthood.

  • Komen was dishonest. They should have said straight-out what they were doing — “We will no longer fund Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions.” — instead of trying to slide under the radar with disingenuous crap. That would have angered some people, and pleased others, but at least everybody would have known what Komen was doing and why, and what their donations were supporting or not supporting.

It goes to character, and I think Komen is looking better now that Handel is out the door.

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