February 10, 2012 |
For those who haven't reached the saturation point regarding the fracas surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision - and then reversal - to cease awarding grants to Planned Parenthood for breast-health services, here's one more snippet of news. Karen Handel, former senior vice president for public policy at Komen, blasted Planned Parenthood in an interview with the Daily Beast, calling the organization a “gigantic bully, using Komen as its own personal punching bag.” Handel , who declared her antiabortion views during an unsuccessful run for Georgia governor in 2010, resigned from her Komen position earlier this week. She has since acknowledged her role in the move to drop Planned Parenthood from receiving future Komen grants.
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February 9, 2012 |
As the nation climbs slowly out of the Great Recession, young adults appear to be having the toughest time of any age group gaining a foothold in the recovering economy. Those difficulties, in turn, are shaping their decisions about careers, schooling, marriage and parenthood, according to a new report. The analysis by the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, examines the effects of the recession on the lives and attitudes of young Americans ages 18 to 34. "The economy may be improving, but in spite of the recent decline in unemployment, young people are still really struggling," said Kim Parker, associate director of Pew's Social and Demographic Trends Project and a coauthor of the study.
February 7, 2012 |
Karen Handel says she resigned as a vice president for Susan G. Komen for the Cure because she had become "too much of a focal point" in the controversy surrounding Komen's decision to cut its funding to Planned Parenthood -- a decision that, after a torrent of public outcry, was reversed within days. "I really felt I had a responsibility to step aside so that [Komen] could refocus on their mission," Handel told Fox News in an interview Tuesday. The resignation follows close on the heels of accusations that Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned partly on a promise to yank state funding from Planned Parenthood, brought that same intent to the Dallas-based Komen when she was hired as senior vice president of public policy in April -- an accusation that Handel denies.
February 3, 2012 |
Democrats in Congress applauded Susan G. Komen for the Cure for deciding to amend a new policy that led to the controversial decision to end grants for Planned Parenthood's breast health services. “This is a major victory for the men and women across America who made their voices heard over the last few days to express their shock and dismay at Komen's initial decision,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement. The decision had caused an uproar amid speculation that it was politically motivated.
February 3, 2012
The Susan G. Komen for the Cureorganization made a premature and unfortunate decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, a move that already appears to be coming back to haunt the breast cancer-fighting foundation. As a private nonprofit, of course, Komen has every right to decide how to spend its money. Until now, it has given Planned Parenthood, which is better known as a provider of contraception and abortions, more than $500,000 a year to perform breast exams and provide related outreach for low-income women, as well as referrals for mammograms.
February 3, 2012 |
As soon as Susan G. Komen for the Cure issued an unexpected statement reversing its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, statements praising and criticizing the move were released. "We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers," said the statement from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.
February 3, 2012 |
In a reversal of policy after a nationwide uproar over its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Curesaid Friday that it will amend its new funding rules and allow continued funding of breast health programs operated by the clinic. Nancy G. Brinker, Komen's founder and chief executive, said that the breast cancer foundation's decision to halt funding to providers who were under investigation was not done for political reasons and was not meant to penalize Planned Parenthood specifically. "We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.
February 3, 2012 |
As a minority women's health activist, Eve Sanchez Silver was proud of her work with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The organization had almost single-handedly turned breast cancer awareness into a national cause, with its pink ribbons appearing on tote bags, containers of yogurt and even NFL football fields. But in 2004, she learned that some of the group's local chapters gave money to Planned Parenthood affiliates to pay for breast exams for low-income women. Silver couldn't help feeling that the more money Planned Parenthood had, the more abortions its clinics could perform.
February 2, 2012 |
Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood for breast health services was not politically motivated, said the group's founder and chief executive in a new video posted on the organization's site and YouTube. Rather, said Nancy Brinker , it came out of Komen's new granting strategies and criteria that some people, she said, "have regrettably mischaracterized. " In 2010 Brinker initiated a "comprehensive review" of grants and standards, not anything unusual for the nonprofit.