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After resigning from the Komen Foundation on Tuesday, Karen Handel seems to be on a mission less to clear her own name than to smear Planned Parenthood's. Which is, considering her record, not a shock. But no, forget about all of the evidence that Komen's decision to stop funding breast cancer screening through Planned Parenthood was political, forget that Handel's role is well known. Komen was forced into this because:

“Two dozen Catholic bishops were saying not to support Komen,” she continued. “We needed to find some options for moving to neutral ground. I was tasked with doing that.” She added, “An inordinate amount of staff time was spent trying to manage the controversy. We should be able to focus on our own mission and not be distracted by the controversy of another organization.”
Oh, well, two dozen Catholic bishops. Clearly their reasons must be valid, since it's not like they oppose all birth control or anything.

But while apparently pressure from Catholic bishops is just something you have to bow to, Planned Parenthood has been a "gigantic bully" violating a "gentle ladies' agreement" with the poor, weak Komen Foundation:
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“We wanted a smooth transition,” she continued. “What happened is nothing short of a disgrace. Cecile Richards put this issue in the press. There was a coordinated effort to get sites like moveon.org and change.org involved. There was an orchestrated, premeditated attempt to put this issue in the press. Talk about betrayal by Planned Parenthood—against an organization that took up for it for years.”
Yes, damn Planned Parenthood for acknowledging media reports of Komen's decision and subsequently fundraising to replace the lost funding. They are not gentle ladies at all!

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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Kos Georgia.

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