ATLANTA, August 15, 2012, ( – The full story of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood will be told next month, when former employee Karen Handel releases her new book for Simon & Schuster.

Planned Bullyhood, The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure ( will be available on September 11.

Earlier this year Komen announced it was cutting off funding from Planned Parenthood because of a new policy not to fund organizations under investigation by the government, and because Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms.


Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun explained that “the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.” In 2011, the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee announced that it was investigating Planned Parenthood to determine whether the abortion organization handles criminal conduct properly, or whether it has violated the Hyde Amendment by diverting federal funds to pay for abortion services.

In the ensuing firestorm of protest from pro-abortion activists, Komen stated the move was “not about politics.”

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“We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood,” the statement said, “but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics. Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve.”

The cancer fighting organization added its members were “dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized.”

Shortly afterward, Karen Handel resigned as Komen’s vice president for public policy, though not without a parting shot at the abortion provider’s “vicious” campaign of coercion.

Speaking to Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, Handel said the Komen foundation was subjected to an unprecedented attack by the nation’s leading provider of abortion.

“What was unleashed over this past week was a vicious attack against a great organization and…individual attacks against [Komen founder] Nancy Brinker, an individual whom I admire greatly – and I would think all of us should be saddened that an outside org should put this kind of pressure on another organization.”

“The last time I checked, private non-profit organizations have a right and a responsibility to be able to set the highest standards and criteria on their own without interference, let alone the level of vicious attacks and coercion that has occurred by Planned Parenthood,” Handel said.

In her letter of resignation, Handel “respectfully” declined a severance package offered by Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Komen for the Cure.

Jill Stanek wrote that accepting the package “might have required her to keep silent.”

Handel’s forthcoming book, Planned Bullyhood, The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure will illuminate the inside story of that decision and its aftermath.




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