Planned Parenthood Used Komen Grants for Administrative Expenses

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2012   |   1:05PM   |   Washington, DC

The new expose’ book from former Komen vice president Karen Handel is out and the revelations from it are already raising eyebrows about the dubious relationship between the breast cancer charity and the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Handel’s new book released today, Planned Bullyhood, and it highlights Planned Parenthood’s orchestrated shakedown of the breast cancer group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in February 2012, after Komen initially decided to revoke funding to it.

One of the biggest revelations in the new book concerns the main objection from pro-life advocates over the grants — that Komen was funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, despite its claim that grants only funded breast cancer screenings or mammograms (which Komen admitted Planned Parenthood doesn’t do).

In the book, Handel admits Planned Parenthood didn’t always use the funds for the purpose Komen stated:

“Our dealings with Planned Parenthood also had nothing whatsoever to do with abortion, although those of us at Komen National were surprised to learn that, in some of the community grants – and contrary to previous Komen statements – dollars were going to general administrative costs.”

Handel also says Planned Parenthood’s “tax-guzzling agenda” should be a concern because Planned Parenthood has a “vested interest” in seeing Democrats win the White House. Handel says this is because “millions of dollars in existing government funding and robust new streams of government dollars were at risk” (probably as a result of ObamaCare).”

Handel provided evidence suggesting some Komen insiders and even Democratic commentator and lobbyist Hilary Rosen – Komen’s adviser at the public relations agency, SKDKnickerbocker – may have leaked information to Planned Parenthood.

Rosen cheered Planned Parenthood in a tweet at the time of the funding controversy, with Handel saying Rosen “retweeted something from Nancy Pelosi. Here’s what Pelosi tweeted:

“‘When women speak out, women win – Komen decision to continue funding Planned Parenthood is a victory for women’s health.’ A few minutes later, Rosen (@hilaryr) had tweeted herself: ‘Congrats to Susan G. Komen for the Cure….No room for politics in fighting cancer.”

Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, is reading the Handel book and informed LifeNews about some of the parts that she feels deserve public attention.

Handel explained that Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards spent weeks organizing what Handel called “one of the most contemptible acts of coordinated bullying in modern American political history.”

Richards’ allies included the Obama administration, abortion enthusiasts in the Big Media (including MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell), 26 U.S. senators (25 Democrats, one independent), the highest levels of the Democratic National Committee (including Debbie Wasserman Shultz) and others. Handel said the tyrannical left was unified in its overt preference for Planned Parenthood over the best interests of Komen and women’s health.

Handel argued that Komen’s “ill-timed decision” to stop the grants coincided with a political decision inside the Obama administration. In order to win the women’s vote, the administration created a smokescreen to conceal its “abysmal economic record” and the particularly adverse impact of unemployment on women.

The Obama administration, she said, concocted the “trumped up” war on women to distract the public from its difficulties with Catholic voters resulting from its mandate requiring employers to purchase insurance providing women with free sterilizations, (cancer-causing) hormonal contraceptive steroids and chemical abortions. The administration conveniently “put Komen at the center of the ‘war on women’.”

Malec indicates Handel says Komen’s leadership is filled with activists who showed their disdain for conservatives and Catholics in particular.

Handel learned there was support for Planned Parenthood within some Komen affiliates, and she heard anti-Republican and anti-Catholic sentiments expressed. Some called her “righty-tighty” for having run as a one-time Republican candidate for governor of Georgia.



After the Catholic bishops conference in Ohio issued a statement in 2011 “to direct Catholic parishes and schools away from fundraising for Komen and toward activities and organizations” that were “fully consistent with Catholic moral teaching,” Handel said she heard several references made about those “Crazy Catholics” and “nutty right-wingers.”

It took only three days of hammering from the abortion lobby before Komen’s founder Nancy Goodman Brinker capitulated to Planned Parenthood and agreed to continue giving the abortion provider what Komen’s leaders had called “low quality” grants.

“The Komen-Planned Parenthood debacle provides a lesson for all corporate and non-profit leaders who are considering giving Planned Parenthood grants. Like the mafia, once you’re in, you are expected to continue paying for life,” Malec concludes. “Handel encouraged corporate leaders threatened with a shakedown not to capitulate to bullies, like Planned Parenthood, and to stand their ground, just as AT&T had done so in 1990 when it stopped funding the abortion behemoth.”