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Planned Parenthood kicked Handel out of Komen, but couldn’t keep her from Congress

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GEORGIA, June 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood invested more than half a million dollars trying to keep an old nemesis from becoming the first Republican female to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. They failed on Tuesday.

Representative-elect Karen Handel of Georgia's sixth district is well-known to pro-lifers because of her public battle with the abortion company in early 2012. Handel ran against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff for former Rep. Tom Price's old House seat. It was vacated because President Trump appointed him to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Handel, who has made a career of women's health and anti-breast cancer advocacy, was the senior vice president for public policy at the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. The breast cancer charity tasked Handel with figuring out how to cut ties with Planned Parenthood in part because its grants to the abortion company weren't effective.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood was under investigation by the U.S. House.  

Planned Parenthood doesn't do mammograms. It does less than two percent of all women's cancer screenings in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood unleashed a media and political campaign against Handel and forced Komen to reverse its decision. Handel resigned and declined a severence package

She then wrote Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure

This special election was the most expensive in the history of the U.S. House. Ossoff raised more than $23 million and Handel raised more than $4.5 million. The race cost more than $50 million total. 

Planned Parenthood was the second-largest backer of Ossoff's campaign. 

Ossoff and pro-lifers advertised Handel's opposition to Planned Parenthood. The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List contacted more than 65,000 voters with information about Handel's record of standing up to the abortion organization.

The anti-Trump movement hoped that the amount of money they were pouring into the race would make it their first major victory since Trump's election. The race was commonly called a "referrendum on Trump" and was hyped by the liberal media. Such promotion backfired.

The daily email newsletter of the Center for American Progress wrote a terse mention of the race and didn't name Handel.

"'The fight goes on,'" it said. "Those were Jon Ossoff’s words last night after failed to #FlipThe6th, in the heated race to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price. Hear from his supporters about the fights ahead here."

Planned Parenthood only released one election night tweet about the loss. It also didn't name Handel.

Pro-abortion lobby group NARAL, which spent more than $100,000 in the race, claimed that because their loss wasn't bigger, it showed voters are "sick and tired of candidates who obsess over restricting access to abortion." NARAL also attacked Handel for her "obsession" with defunding Planned Parenthood. 

SBA List's take was the opposite – voters are sick of candidates supporting abortion on demand.

"The voters rejected Ossoff’s extreme pro-abortion agenda," its president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said shortly after the election was called.

Handel's supporters congratulated her on her historic victory both for women and for the "Trump Train."

It's time for Democrats to do some "soul searching," The Daily Beast wrote. "They are now zero-for-four in special elections since Trump became the president and need to understand why ... after $23 million, a candidate who genuinely ignited the grassroots, and a Republican president who may or may not be (but probably is) under FBI investigation and can’t stop talking about it, the real question Democrats need to answer is: What’s it going to take to win an election in the era of Trump? As of Tuesday night, they still have no idea."

The Hill called Handel's victory "a serious blow to Democratic momentum." 

And now Planned Parenthood has one more pro-life woman lawmaker to reckon with.

The Komen funding Handel almost cost Planned Parenthood was around half a million dollars. Now, it stands to lose more than half a billion taxpayer dollars if it's successfully defunded.

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