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Karl Rove Told Komen to Re-Fund Planned Parenthood

CEO Nancy Brinker said 'Karl' urged her to 'backtrack': ex-VP

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood, it seems, had an unlikely champion in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy : Karl Rove. In a new book, former Komen VP Karen Handel , who stepped down amid the uproar, remembers a comment from CEO Nancy Brinker. "I’ve talked to a lot of people,... More »

Another High-Profile Exit for Komen

President Liz Thompson is stepping down, Nancy Brinker gets new role

(Newser) - There's major new shakeup at the very top of the nation's largest breast cancer charity in the wake of its short-lived decision to cut its ties with Planned Parenthood . Susan G. Komen for the Cure president Liz Thompson is stepping down, and founder and current CEO Nancy Brinker... More »

Komen Mammogram Ads Misleading: Professors

Their 'statistics are meaningless,' one explains

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's campaign promoting mammograms last October misled women, exaggerating the procedure's benefits and omitting its risks, a paper published in the British Medical Journal argues. "The ad implies that mammograms have a huge effect, but the only evidence that they... More »

Komen 'Race for Cure' Registrations Drop

Planned Parenthood controversy partially to blame: rep

(Newser) - Following its Planned Parenthood debacle , Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is sputtering: In Washington, DC, registration is down almost 40% this year for Saturday's race, and registrations are down elsewhere as well. "I think this is a trend we’re seeing," a Komen spokesperson... More »

Komen Cash Pours Back into Planned Parenthood

Groups re-forge bond after funding debacle

(Newser) - As the dust settles on this year's Planned Parenthood funding controversy, Susan G. Komen Foundation dollars are making their way back into the organization's coffers. Komen will fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates this year, approximately matching last year's figure. While some funding applications were rejected... More »

Time to Forgive Susan G. Komen for the Cure

It screwed up on Planned Parenthood, but deserves second shot: Blogger

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation is by all accounts still reeling from the backlash over its bid to cut Planned Parenthood funding. And while the breast cancer charity deserved all the scorn it got, writes Amy Tennery at the JaneDough blog , it might just be time for... More »

Komen's Woes Grow: Chair Joins Exodus

Organization now also down 5 execs

(Newser) - Another big name is leaving his post at Susan G. Komen for the Cure following its Planned Parenthood controversy —the chairman of the charity's board. Renowned cancer surgeon LaSalle Leffall is stepping down, though he'll stay on as a board member, the Washington Post reports. A rep... More »

Execs Quit Struggling Komen

Planned Parenthood incident hurting breast cancer foundation's fundraising

(Newser) - Two high-level executives at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation have stepped down for "personal" reasons, as the company struggles to recover from its bout with Planned Parenthood. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the group's New York City affiliate, announced her resignation yesterday, joining executive VP and... More »

Beware the Birth Control Grizzlies

Women could come flying off the bench in 2012 over health issues

(Newser) - Forget the mama grizzlies. In 2012, Hell may hath no fury like a woman voter scorned by the right, reports Politico . Between Rick Santorum's call for states to be able to ban birth control, Komen's defunding of Planned Parenthood , Catholic bishops' contraception brouhaha , a Santorum backer who defined... More »

Planned Parenthood Aside, Komen Is Just Ineffective

We must continue to put pressure on breast cancer organization: Peggy Orenstein

(Newser) - The furor that pushed the Komen foundation to reverse its controversial Planned Parenthood decision must now be turned to other aspects of the breast cancer fundraising organization, writes Peggy Orenstein in the Los Angeles Times . Despite the name "Susan G. Komen for the Cure," last year the organization... More »

Former Komen VP Blasts 'Bully' Planned Parenthood

Karen Handel says Planned Parenthood broke agreement not to alert media

(Newser) - Former Susan G. Komen VP Karen Handel says the foundation had a "gentle ladies' agreement" with Planned Parenthood that neither would alert the press when Komen cut off funding , and that Planned Parenthood broke it. "What happened is nothing short of a disgrace," she tells the Daily... More »

Komen's Brinker: I Made Mistakes

Breast cancer charity's founder vows to rebuild public trust after Planned Parenthood debacle

(Newser) - The embattled Komen breast cancer charity has restored Planned Parenthood's funding , seen the exit of a top executive , and now CEO Nancy Brinker is publicly eating a little crow: Responding to an open letter from longtime friend Sally Quinn, Brinker apologizes in the Washington Post, admitting, "I made... More »

Pro-Life Komen VP Quits

Karen Handel confirms that she supported the decision to cut funding

(Newser) - Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen VP for public policy who reportedly fueled the decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding, has resigned, according to a letter obtained by the AP . In the letter, Handel confirmed that she had supported the defunding, but said that the discussion started before she joined... More »

Pro-Life Komen VP Pushed Defunding

Karen Handel painted move as non-political: insider

(Newser) - Susan G. Komen Foundation leaders have given several reasons for the charity's now-reversed cuts to Planned Parenthood funding —but here's one they didn't mention. Komen's VP for public policy, abortion-rights opponent Karen Handel, fueled the decision, an insider with the group tells the Huffington Post... More »

Komen 'Overreach' Is Wake-Up Call for Women

This could change the conversation on reproductive rights: Salon columnists

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy is a very big deal for women's reproductive rights, maybe the biggest in decades, write Salon columnists Rebecca Traister and Joan Walsh. "The overreach by the Komen foundation, while surely intended to strike yet another blow on the side of... More »

Komen Got Bullied by 'Mobs and Tyrants'

'Rabid' pro-choicers over-reacted: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker doesn't get what she sees as the "rabid response from abortion-rights supporters" to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure saga . Komen has every right to cut ties with Planned Parenthood if it chooses to do so, no matter the reason. "Don’t like it?... More »

Komen's New Promo: Pink Handgun?

$430 'Hope Edition' of Walther P-22 for sale

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen Foundation may not have seen the last of controversy. Just as the group reinstates Planned Parenthood funding , news emerges that it's apparently promoting breast cancer awareness with a special pink handgun. According to WisconsinGazette.com , Komen has partnered with a gun seller to offer the... More »

Komen Reverses Decision on Planned Parenthood

Breast cancer foundation's leader apologizes for 'recent decisions'

(Newser) - The furious backlash hit home: The Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation apologized today for its controversial move to pull funds from Planned Parenthood. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives,... More »

Komen Changes Reason for Planned Parenthood Cuts

Says it prefers to fund groups offering direct breast health services

(Newser) - As the backlash against it continues to grow, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has changed its explanation for dropping its Planned Parenthood funding. Initially, the group said it had decided not to fund any organization currently under federal investigation . Now, leaders say the cuts have nothing to do a congressional... More »

Bloomberg Pledges $250K to Planned Parenthood

... to help make up for the Komen foundation cuts

(Newser) - Maybe that controversial decision by the Susan G. Komen foundation will end up helping Planned Parenthood: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today pledged $250,000 of his own money to the group to pay for breast cancer screening after Komen yanked its funds, reports the New York Times . Planned... More »

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