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Susan G Komen Executive Resigns

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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On January 31, 2012, the Susan G. Komen organization cut its funding to Planned Parenthood.

The PR nightmare engulfing the Susan G. Komen For the Cure breast cancer charity came to a head Tuesday morning. Karen Handel, Komen's Vice President for Public Policy and a former Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia, stepped down.

Over the last week, Handel became the focus of many liberal commentators who said her own opposition to abortion may have played a part in the organization's decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.

In her resignation letter, Handel denied those accusation and said the decision "was not based on anyone's beliefs or ideology." Handel also stated she would decline any severance package offered by the charity. The Komen organization maintains that Handel’s personal views had no impact on funding decisions.

Sarah Kliff from the Washington Post joins us with the latest.

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