Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I had nothing to do with the flap I've resigned over

Karen Handel, the anti-choice Republican said to've played a major role in the Komen Foundation's decision to cut funding for cancer screening at Planned Parenthood, has resigned from Komen.

The anodyne ABC News story I've linked should be compared with what the AP got from an anonymous source at Komen:
A person with direct knowledge of decision-making at Komen's headquarters in Dallas said the grant-making criteria were adopted with the deliberate intention of targeting Planned Parenthood. The criteria's impact on Planned Parenthood and its status as the focus of government investigations were highlighted in a memo distributed to Komen affiliates in December.

According to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions, a driving force behind the move was Handel, who was hired by Komen last year as vice president for public policy after losing a campaign for governor in Georgia in which she stressed her anti-abortion views and frequently denounced Planned Parenthood.
I saw that on the NYT phone app under "top stories," but now the paper is running its own item without the anon source or anything comparable.


  1. The fact that the anti-abortion crowd is willing to risk the lives of innocent women in their crusade is sickening, and pretty much puts the final lie to their "pro-life" claim.

    However much I think bastards like Scott Roeder deserve to have every shred of law we've got thrown at them, at least they're internally consistent in going after the evil they see. As Slacktivist likes to say, if you truly believe that abortion is murdering a baby, and that happens a million or so times a year in this country, the proper response is not "Vote Republican and hope they do something about it!"

    But this... Yes, I understand that they think Planned Parenthood kills babies. But killing innocent women by denying them medical service, in order to get your way, is about as evil as anything I can think of. If that happened at full speed we'd call it terrorism. Kill them via disease that draws our an agonizing demise over years, and it's just politics.

  2. If I were a legislator, I might be malicious enough to annually sponsor a bill criminalizing abortion and imposing the death penalty on women who obtain abortions and anyone who performs one. No exception for rape, incest, birth defect, etc. - it's not the fault of the "baby" that his dad's a rapist, is it?

    And then we could see how many people would vote for it, in committee or otherwise. And I could tell the rest of my colleagues to STFU about how abortion = murder, because obviously they didn't actually believe that.