The Daily Scoop: Meet the woman who got Komen to defund Planned Parenthood


After the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood, attention has focused on its Vice President for Policy, Karen Handel. She joined the group last January after a failed run for governor in Georgia, where she had advocated defunding Planned Parenthood.

But there’s another woman who deserves equal credit: Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It’s her group that issued a report last fall, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” that led to a probe by the Energy and Commerce Committee. And it’s that investigation that puts Planned Parenthood in violation of Komen’s new policy that bars funding of groups under investigation.
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UPDATE: As of this morning the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has reversed their decision to eliminate their funding to Planned Parenthood. They clarified their previous position which was not to provide funding to organizations under investigation, which Planned Parenthood is by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Their new position is that “… disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.

The pressure exerted by those who support Planned Parenthood, and all their services to low income families, over the last 24 hours illustrates the loudest voices from the far edges of the ideological spectrum do not represent the views of the majority.

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3 Comments to “The Daily Scoop: Meet the woman who got Komen to defund Planned Parenthood”

  1. But who is the fat man standing behind the female curtain? Why–it’s Ari Fleischer, ex-mouthpiece for Georgie Boy! Just like a Bushie–hiding behind a woman’s skirts. But here’s where the right wing got this thing all fouled up. If Komen had said they were pulling funding for abortion services from Planned Parenthood, they might have gotten away with it. But they said they were pulling funding for breast cancer services. Problem is, most women–especially Christian Republicans, are confident they’ll never need an abortion. But EVERY woman fears she might need breast cancer treatment someday so the threat of stopping that money pipeline strikes home.

    I think the Komen Foundation would do well to hire another Fleischer–Heidi–to clean up this P.R. mess. She pushes her Hollywood friends to demand that Nancy Brinker purge all the Republicans from Administration and the Board, and then step down herself with Komen safely in progressive hands. Presto–all the pink ribbons return to this year’s Oscars and the charity races are on again. Problem solved.

  2. Breaking news: VP Karen Handel–who caused all this mess–just resigned today. Is Heidi at work already?

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