On Power Talk with Lorraine Jacques-White we talked about the importance of women and their rights in the 2012 Presidential Election. Over the past few months, their have been concerns raised about abortion, funding for Planned Parenthood, and other issues that effect women. Our special guest was author Karen Handel, a Republican, former Georgia Secretary of State, and Executive for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She has a new book out called “Planned Bullyhood”, and she came to discuss it with Power Talk.
Karen Handel speaks about the intense fire she faced during the abortion provider’s funding feud with the Susan G. Komen foundation. Karen Handel’s most harrowing assignment came shortly after she started her job as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s senior vice president for public policy. Asked to discontinue the breast cancer fighter’s longstanding funding partnership with Planned Parenthood, Handel found herself squarely within the abortion provider’s crosshairs. As a steadfast pro-lifer and a former deputy chief of staff to a pro-life Republican governor, she provided Planned Parenthood a convenient symbolic target. When her employer bowed before the onslaught and agreed to restore the funding, Handel resigned in protest.
In her new book, Planned Bullyhood (Howard Books), Handel recounts the events that precipitated her departure from the Komen foundation. Lorraine spoke with Handel about her new book, the reasoning behind Komen’s breakup with Planned Parenthood, the urgency of reckoning with the abortion giant’s full range of political activities, and the faith that empowered her to stand resolutely by her moral convictions.
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