Komen Website Gets Hacked

Meanwhile, founder Nancy Brinker tries to 'set the record straight'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 9:51 AM CST

(Newser) – It looks like the Susan G. Komen Foundation isn't quite done taking flak for its decision to cut its funding of Planned Parenthood. Komen.org was hacked in the wee hours of the morning, reports the Atlantic Wire. A section of the homepage that read, "Help us get 26.2 or 13.1 miles closer to a world without breast cancer" was altered to say, "Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank." (Click to see images.) Meanwhile, Komen founder Nancy Brinker spoke out in a video posted to YouTube last night, shooting down claims that the move was politically motivated.

Brinker said the decision to cut ties was made as part of a larger effort to institute new standards and strategies designed to make more efficient use of donations. She decried the allegations as "scurrilous" and a "dangerous distraction" from the fight against breast cancer. NPR, however, spoke with one author who described Brinker's deep ties to the Bush family and the GOP, saying she "has supported policies that most supporters of Komen probably wouldn't approve of." And it looks like at least one member of the organization didn't approve of the move: Sources told the Atlantic that Mollie Williams, Komen's top public health official, resigned immediately after learning of the board's decision, made last month. (Also: Author Judy Blume just blasted the foundation; click to read what she had to say.)

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