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Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC POLICY AT SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE
Karen Handel built her career on sound fiscal and organizational management in both the public and private sector. With tremendous perseverance and determination, she has had a successful political and business career. Most recently, Karen served as Senior VP of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, overseeing its federal and state policy efforts. She has served as Georgia's first elected Republican Secretary of State, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue.
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Karen Handel is the one blamed for leading Komen to drop Planned Parenthood (PP). The thing is, even if it was Handel's idea (she insists it wasn't), she couldn't have done it by herself. She is left in the position of an outside lover whom a reconciling couple has agreed bears all the blame for the infidelity. That saves face and makes it easier to reconcile, but it isn't true. Say what you will, it remains that the infidel agreed to the affair and is the real betrayer. Set up as the scapegoat, Handel is understandably bitter.
Komen, according to Handel, couldn't make up its corporate mind. They wanted to dump Planned Parenthood for a number of reasons including dissatisfaction with their work and also because they were under enormous pressure from the prolife/antiabortion forces. This is a point at which I have problems with Handel. If PP was a bully, so was the Roman Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, et al. They were the other pincher putting pressure on Komen and Handel. Handel goes into the most detail about the Catholic church's backlash, beginning on p.83. Komen has worked with numerous Catholic organizations in the past, both in giving them grants and getting their help raising money. Then the Church, and like-minded organizations, cut all ties unless Komen cut ties with PP.Read more ›
If the objective of this book is to bash Planned Parenthood the author pulled the trigger. Planned Parenthood comes across as politically savvy with a strong message and one voice. The Komen organization is portrayed as amazingly out of touch, prone to hiring numerous expensive political PR firms, disorganized and unable to come up with a coherent message. Komen's founder is portrayed as out of touch and not really in control. The author is clearly out of her league and should have stayed in local politics. No matter which side of the debate you are on as to whether Komen should have been founding Planned Parenthood their strategy, decision making and inability to deal with the issue effectively make me question how well the organization will function in the future. To those breast cancer patients hoping for progress or a cure that is a real shame.
Huh?? This is where the public outrage over her hire began. And she does not understand that the foundation's mission was supposed to provide breast cancer services to women, period. I'm left scratching my head because this woman is no political newbee. Prior positions included President/CEO of the Greater Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Policy advisor to Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue, and Georgia Secretary of State. She was supposed to have come in already knowing how the public sector works.
But she never comprehends that money from any foundation only goes to a very specific project. Or the profound ramifications withdrawing the foundation money ultimately did create--until it cost her job--and the organization's once-stellar image. Komen's top public health official, who had been aware of the impact this would create, immediately resigned when the policy was first implemented.
Fundraising to the Komen Foundation dropped because masses of women now believed it was not concerned with their health. It was playing politics with their lives. So they donated directly to other organizations which were providing the cancer screening services.
This book does not have me coming away feeling sorry for her. It has me concerned that the Komen Foundation threw away their long-standing image on somebody lacking political-financial savvy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
God only knows the tentacles PP has throughout this nation. Planned parenthood is responsible for the deaths of more babies in this country and they bully confused women into... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robin M. Ham
This book was excruciating to read because the author changed her views on abortion when she herself went into politics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
it pays to be open minded and to read all versions before you make a decision about any subject. thanks karen for writing your version of your experience which we all should read.Published on December 31, 2013 by sue strohmeyer million
This was pretty interesting. I got lost a few times but worth finishing
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So DON'T mess with them. The bad reviews are thoughtful. The good reviews are wide-eyed, a lot of them. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Internet Safe
As a Georgia resident, I knew of Karen Handel when she was the Sec. Of State and when she ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Georgia. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Roberta M. Boyle
A "must-read" for anyone that supports a breast cancer charity, or any charity for that matter, or even anyone that votes. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Mike North
This woman was very brave to write this book. Her testimony shows just how powerful and evil Planned Parenthood is. Satain is driving them and those who follow their ways.Published on March 12, 2013 by Maureen Hale