Komen President Resigns, Still Funding Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 8, 2012   |   8:20PM   |   Washington, DC

With rally attendance and financial support down across the country because it has resumed funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, the Komen for the Cure group saw its president resign and it’s founder taking over.

As the Wall St. Journal reports:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure shook up its top ranks Wednesday, announcing the resignation of its president and creating a new figurehead role for its founder, even as it looked to fill other senior positions in the wake of a controversial decision involving Planned Parenthood.

Searches were under way to find a president, chief executive and chief operating officer, a post that has been vacant since late 2009, said Nancy G. Brinker, who is the founder and current CEO of the nation’s largest breast-cancer charity. She said she would assume a new role after top leadership positions were filled. The departure of President Elizabeth Thompson will take effect Sept. 7.

Thompson said she hasn’t taken another job. In a joint interview with Ms. Brinker, Ms. Thompson said she is leaving Komen with a “heavy heart” after four years there but that the “time is right” because there is new energy in the organization and she has accomplished her goal to improve Komen’s reporting and grant-making strategy in supporting breast-cancer research.

Two Komen board members, Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law, also are leaving, officials said Wednesday.

Binker told the WSJ that the resignations have nothing to do with the controversy surrounding its ties with Planned Parenthood. Brinker is still apologizing for the decision, which it went back on, to cut funding to the abortion business.

“I apologized to everyone. I think we all made mistakes and we addressed them and we’re through that and we’re moving on,” she told WSJ.

Eric Ferrero, vice president for communications of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, praised Komen saying its leaders “have made profound contributions to women’s health” and that “we are proud to continue” working with the breast cancer charity.



Komen affiliates are seeing huge drops in support — in terms of the number of walkers participating in events and the amount of donations coming in — following its decision to re-establish funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.