Komen Executive Behind Defunding Of Planned Parenthood Was Endorsed By Sarah Palin In 2010

If you're wondering why Komen, an organization supposedly dedicated to women's health, would withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood -- look no further than one Karen Handel.

As pro-choice supporters sound off over the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to pull grants to Planned Parenthood for funding breast-cancer screening and other breast health services, some have suggested a link between Tuesday's announcement and Komen's hiring of a self-described "pro-life Christian" last year to a prominent position within the foundation.

Karen Handel, a former secretary of state in Georgia and a Republican activist, was hired in April as vice president of public policy at the Dallas-based Komen. Handel was coming off an unsuccessful run for governor of Georgia during which she frequently called for an end to abortion.

Handel ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 as a right-wing Christian -- and was endorsed by none other than The Quitter and Jan Brewer. And during the campaign, she said:

Since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.

And check out this Tweet she recently promoted on her account -- then quickly deleted.

“Just like a pro-abortion group to turn a cancer orgs decision into a political bomb to throw. Cry me a freaking river.”

You can see the screengrab of the Tweet, here.

Classy lady.


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