Karen Handel, known throughout Georgia, when she made an unsuccessful bid for Governor, has resigned her position with the Susan G. Komen‘s "3-day Run for the Cure" held each year in cities throughout the United States.
The drive has already begun here in Atlanta. However, as a breast-cancer survivor here, this writer for Atlanta Woman to Woman Examiner will no longer support the Komen Group.
As a Christian who believes that all life is precious; (and one who has immense sympathy for those fighting this terrible disease), it is the opinion of this writer that she can no longer support the Komen Group who pledges to continue supporting Planned Parenthood, the abortion group. One is for life and the other is for death.
Like others here in Atlanta, I had pulled my support for Komen before the controversy with Ms. Handel. There were reports in the past that had linked Komen to Planned Parenthood; and the explanation was that the abortion group offered important health screenings for women.
Never-the-less, they do not offer sonograms to young women seeking an abortion. Today, before any kind of surgery, adequate testing is done before hand.
When I learned of Komen’s support for Planned Parenthood last year saying that they offered helpful cancer screening for women, I investigated that claim. I took the opportunity to call Planned Parenthood here in Atlanta inquiring about a free mammogram for a young woman that I knew who had found a lump; but had no insurance.
When I called the Planned Parenthood office here, I was told that they did not provide mammograms; but could recommend her to a private source that did. When asked if there would be a charge, the receptionist stated that she did not know. That they were only told to refer callers to other facilities.
I asked her purposely again to tell me what Planned Parenthood did for women who needed breast screenings; and she said they just referred them to someone else THAT THEY DID NOT PERFORM BREAST EXAMS OR OFFER MAMMOGRAMS.
Read here the letter written in March of 2011 regarding Komen’s stand with Planned Parenthood. In part which reads:
“And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.
These facilities serve rural women, poor women, Native American women, women of color, and the un- and under-insured. As part of our financial arrangements, we monitor our grantees twice a year to be sure they are spending the money in line with our agreements, and we are assured that Planned Parenthood uses these funds only for breast health education, screening and treatment programs.”
When Karen Handel ran for Governor here in Georgia, there was a shadow of doubt cast upon her supposed pro-life stand.
She had been associated with some activities as Secretary of State that indicated that she was not totally Pro-life. The Georgia Right to Life group here in Atlanta did not endorse her. http://www.examiner.com/fayette-county-elections-2010-in-atlanta/wow-georgia-right-to-life-denies-endorsement-of-karen-handel
Present Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, did receive the endorsement of the Georgia Right to life group. Ms. Handel continued to claim she was Pro-Life; and now we learn that she has been in the employ of the Susan G. Omen Group since last April.
Karen Handel recently issued her resignation as Senior Vice-President for Policy in the Komen Group. She gave her resignation because she felt she had been singled out as the one encouraging the Komen Group to drop Planned Parenthood, which she denies.
First the Komen organization announced that they would no longer be contributing to Planned Parenthood. It has been reported that they have given about $700,000 dollars to the organization for breast cancer screening. Is there any proof that they ever provided one single mammogram?
After tremendous pressure from pro-choice women’s groups all across the nation, including well known Congressional women such as Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer, Founder, Nancy Brinker, of Komen back tracked and rescinded her previous decision.
In Ms. Handel’s letter of resignation, she said that she was not happy as being the one accused of being the one who had first persuaded the Komen Group to terminate its relationship with Planned Parenthood.
Ms. Handel stated in an interview:
“I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale and my involvement in it,” Ms. Handel said. “I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology.”
Apparently the original decision to withhold funds from the Komen group was based on threats from anti-abortion groups to boycott the races held each year in honor of Ms. Brinker’s sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer.
Now leaders in the Catholic and other Christian churches have called upon their people to stop supporting her group.
On the other hand, the pressure from liberal groups like MoveOn.Org and two other groups delivered some 850,000 signed petitions to the Komen Headquarters in Dallas was apparently more impressive than those who stood for the lives of the unborn.
As a Pro-Life believer, knowing that life is precious at every stage of life – those suffering from breast cancer and those just waiting to be born, I will no longer support the organization.
Below are numerous articles published by this author on breast cancer; and some in support for Susan G. Komen’s ”3-Day Run for the Cure."
You can still make a huge difference in the lives of women with cancer; and give to research to find a cure by donating to the Atlanta’s branch of the American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/
The American Cancer Society have two huge drives each year. One is called Relay for Life, and the other is the Cattleman’s Ball. Our family has been greatly involved in both of these fund raising efforts. We also have had family and friends who actually ran in the 3-Day Run for the Cure. We are also involved in supporting our local Pregnancy Resource Center that helps women during the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy.
If there are those of you who feel the same, you can make your donations directly to the American Cancer Society and designate it for breast cancer research to help women who are fighting this battle.
They actually provide help for women who are facing the many aspects of breast cancer detection and recovery. And they do not perform abortions.
On the one hand, Susan G. Komen wants to help save lives; and on other the other hand, they are supporting an organization that takes the lives of tiny little babies – many of them future women.
Karen Handel Source: The New York Times Articles written for Examiner.com regarding breast cancer awareness, Karen Handel’s Pro-Life Stand, and Susan G. Komen’s 3-day Run for the Cure Race.
Karen Handel denied “Georgia Right to Life” endorsement.