BREAKING: Sarah Palin’s Right-Wing Pal Quits Komen for the Cure


    Good riddance.

    Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, 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…

    The complete about-face, retreat, white flag surrender by Komen for the Cure continues, and rightfully so. The fact is, Planned Parenthood spends almost all its money and time on promoting women’s health. Isn’t that what Komen for the Cure’s supposed to be about as well, not part of the right-wing assault on a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion?

    P.S. Note that Palin Pal Handel “continue[s] to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve,” and whines – in typical right wingnut fashion – about “the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it.” Quick, somebody call a waaaaaambulance for Karen Handel!

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Komen has also reported that the foundation has not “defunded” institutions that were conducting breast cancer research because they also had labs conducting stem cell research.

      I sincerely hope that is true. For example, the research project at Johns Hopkins that received $600,000 was simply attempting to identify molecular markers that affect the prognosis for a cancer patient.

      With Karen Handel gone, perhaps anti-science attitudes based on fear and prejudice there will end. Now, if we could only get the Catholic bishops to stop meddling in the woman-doctor relationship. If the bishops are opposed to abortion, they should never get one. And, they always have the option to excommunicate any female Catholic who has one.

    • VADEM

      more for the grassroots section.