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Progressive group Credo scores a victory; as Karen Handel resigns from Susan G. Komen

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Placing a call out to their members and supporters of Planned Parenthood overall mission to support Women's Health, Progressive Think-Tank Credo Action asked for Susan G. Komen Foundation to dismiss the charity's Vice President for Public Policy Karen Handel. It appears the rally for action succeed as Ms. Handel resigned from Komen after nearly a week of firestorm debate.


On February 1, 2012 Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards announced publicly that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had pulled funding support Women Health Breast Cancer Screenings. 


Planned Parenthood responded stating Komen's action would impact early preventive detection of a disease that impacts about 1 in 8 U.S. women. With the help of Breast Cancer Screenings via mammography procedures, more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US. 

On the Credo Action website, the organization asked for Ms. Handel to be dismissed by reciting the following statement in their petition.


"Fire Karen Handel. Handel put politics before the prevention of breast cancer. It is absurd for an organization that is dedicated to a cure to keep her in a position of power."
Credo's page cited new resource "The Atlantic" in their call to Hand to either be terminated or dismissed from her now former position, based on her previous record of being "Pro-Life" and mixing her personal beliefs into Women Health Prevention procedures.
"The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization's new senior vice-president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is "pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood. The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved."
Resigning from her position, Handel decried as she called it "gross mis-characterizations" of the situation and maintains the decision to cut off $600,000 of Breast Cancer Screen Prevention funds wasn't based on political beliefs.
"I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it. 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. Rather, both were based on Komen's mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants. 
What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision -- one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact -- has unfortunately been turned into something about politics. This is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly."
The Susan G. Komen Foundation will restore Planned Parenthood Breast Cancer Screening funding, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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