After a firestorm of controversy, Susan G. Komen, America's largest charity devoted to breast cancer, has apologized for its earlier decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screening program, a program that serves millions of women.
But here's the problem with that apology. The person who drove the decision, the right-wing ideologue who chose to put politics ahead of breast cancer prevention, is still in place as Komen's Senior VP for public policy:
The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization's new senior vice-president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is "pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood." (The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved.)
Komen may have apologized, but they still need to clean house -- starting with the person who drove this atrocious decision.
If Komen wishes to rehabilitate its devastated reputation, and gain back trust, Handel needs to be fired.
Handel put politics before the prevention of breast cancer. It is absurd for an organization that is dedicated to a cure would keep her in a position of power.
Write Komen today, and tell them: "Fire Karen Handel."
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