'Planned Bullyhood'

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A former executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has written a book about how Planned Parenthood "bullied" the organization she loves into being affiliated with it.

Karen Handel, author of Planned Bullyhood: The Truth About the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Komen, tells OneNewsNow she cares deeply about Komen, the breast cancer research organization, and about finding a cure for the disease, and she talks about Planned Parenthood's reaction to Komen withdrawing grants from the abortion giant.

Handel, Karen"[Komen] was literally held hostage by Planned Parenthood and the left, and all for $700,000 -- which, given Planned Parenthood's $1 billion budget, was inconsequential," she asserts. "It was about politics for them; and in the end, those that were hurt the most were women and the fight against breast cancer."

Handel gives more details on how Komen was bullied.

"Bomb threats; there were protests," she lists. "Planned Parenthood and the left targeted Komen's corporate sponsors and said, See what we're doing to Komen? If you don't stop supporting them, you're next."

Though it only lasted about a week, the former executive says Planned Parenthood's hammering on Komen was relentless.

"I would suggest that the reason that they did that is because they could not allow Komen to walk away," Handel reasons. "They gained too much credibility, too much legitimacy by being affiliated with such a well-respected organization."

Even though Komen capitulated and resumed grants to Planned Parenthood, the organization is still suffering financially.

When Handel resigned in February from her position as Komen's vice president of public policy, she acknowledged that she played a role in the organization's decision to defund Planned Parenthood, but said the decision-making process had begun before she joined the foundation.

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