Again, more Karen Handel's handiwork in over-riding a decision made by a subcomittee formed expressly to review such a decision. Soon after the board met in November 2011, Molly Williams resigned.
From the Sarah Kliff and Leah Sun at the Washington Post:
For the board, Komen staff members discussed scenarios involving cutting off part or all of the funding or maintaining the status quo, said Hammerly and other former employees.It's notable that while Molly Williams wouldn't elaborate further on the specifics, or her sudden departure after the meeting, as she is honoring a confidentiality pledge with her former employer, Karen Handel has no such agreement, and is free to get her side of the story out there
Participants concluded that cutting off all funds would endanger low-income women who depended on the service. A partial cutoff would only compromise the integrity of the grants process and not be enough to satisfy critics, participants said. Staff members decided to recommend continued funding for Planned Parenthood.
“It was our recommendation that we stay the course,” [John Hammerly, a former senior communications advisor at Komen] said. “We thought there could also be significant concern, both from a public standpoint and an affiliate standpoint, if we ceased support.”
In early April, the board subcommittee held a conference call that included three Komen staff members, including Handel. Handel argued for defunding Planned Parenthood. Staff member Mollie Williams, who oversaw Komen’s community grants, argued to maintain funding. Leslie Aun, a communications official, warned of negative publicity if funding were cut off, according to a former Komen employee.
The consensus of the board subcommittee was to keep the funding, the former employee said.