POLITICAL observations & opinions

* how the Komen Foundation came to dump Planned Parenthood … anti-abortion protesters threaten race for the cure … It is well past time for public figures and the rest of us to stand up to those who would inflict their religious beliefs on others … Planned Parenthood is the right place to draw a line in the sand

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 4, 2012

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By  and  … in the NYT (2/4/12) …

  • The controversy that burst into harsh public light this week had been brewing for years as anti-abortion advocates dogged the Komen foundation, protesting alongside its fund-raising events and complaining loudly about the grants to Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions as well as providing a broad range of other health services to women.
  • We are really afraid, because these people who are opposed to Planned Parenthood were threatening to disrupt our races or sponsors to our races,” said John Hammarley, a Komen senior communications adviser until late last summer.
    • He said that part of his role was to help the foundation’s affiliates across the country to manage these complaints.
    • He advised affiliates to be prepared for the worst, but most threats had yielded only a handful of placard-carrying protesters.
  • The discussion within Komen about addressing the objections of anti-abortion advocates intensified last year after Karen Handel was hired as senior vice president for public policy, several former Komen employees said.
  • Ms. Handel, a Republican, had been secretary of state in Georgia and had run unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. During that campaign, she had spoken about ending financing for Planned Parenthood and said, “Since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.”

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/health/policy/komen-breast-cancer-group-reverses-decision-that-cut-off-planned-parenthood.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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LMW COMMENT …

It is well past time for public figures and the rest of us to stand up to those who would inflict their religious beliefs on others.

Planned Parenthood is the right place to draw a line in the sand.

How long will it take for Komen to fire Karen Handel?

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