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Breaking: Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker, Other Leaders Step Down

by David Badash on August 9, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics,War on Women

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker will step down from her position as CEO, more than eight months after the embattled breast cancer foundation first announced it was dropping funding for Planned Parenthood. A week later, after nationwide outrage and a social media firestorm, Brinker admitted the move was a mistake and claimed Planned Parenthood would be back on the Dallas, Texas based breast cancer icon’s list. In the wake of the poorly-handled dumping, Komen Vice President Karen Handel – an outspoken opponent of Planned Parenthood before coming to Komen — was forced to resign.

In addition to Brinker stepping down –she’ll move into a fundraising and long-term strategy role — Komen President Elizabeth Thompson will leave in September, along with two board members.

In a press release, Komen claimed the move is “a new period of transition,” but USA Today’s Lori Stahl, (who is also Dallas-based,) in a scathing op-ed, calls “Nancy Brinker’s Komen shakeup too little and way too late.”

“Brinker’s failure, or inability, to take responsibility for the brouhaha over Planned Parenthood earned her a level of contempt usually reserved for, say, a BP executive who complained when a massive Gulf oil spill crimped his schedule,” Stahl writes:

What we have here is a failure to communicate, which is why Susan G. Komen for the Cure has yet to heal from its self-inflicted wounds.

Brinker expects us to believe that she, the foundation’s president and two board members just happen to decide to move on at the same time? That’s what Komen told its affiliatesWednesday, in a perfect example of the kind of forethought that got them into this mess.

It’s disappointing that Brinker, once a brilliant marketing strategist, has taken so long to do so little.

Critics have been calling for Brinker’s resignation since January, when Komen said it would stop funding breast cancer screenings performed by Planned Parenthood. Brinker ignored the calls, instead releasing a wooden, video-taped statement which did little to stem the backlash against the nonprofit she founded in 1982.

The poorly-conceived and politically-motivated attack on Planned Parenthood was orchestrated behind the scenes by former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, and became a flashpoint and focus of the GOP’s war on women.


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Unrepentant, Karen Handel Resigns From Komen After Planned Parenthood Attack

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PinkVaccine August 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-418644559"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(418644559)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="" style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(418644559)">Close MessageKomen Turns Down Funding For FIrst Preventive Breast Cancer Vaccine

Nancy's Twitter states that she promised her sister to put an end to breast cancer and she raised millions upon millions of dollars to do it.  Yet the Komen foundation refused funding for the world's first preventive breast cancer vaccine that could do just that; put and end to breast cancer!  

The Pink Vaccine was developed by Dr. Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic and is 100% effective in preventing breast cancer in mice.  Further, it reduced tumor size in mice that already had breast cancer.  It's our biggest hope yet and it's sitting on a shelf at the Cleveland Clinic awaiting a mere $6 Million in funding to get it to clinical trials in humans.  

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime yet Komen refused funding three times for our best hope at preventing it.  My tax deductible contributions go directly to the Cleveland Clinic.  Prevention is the Cure!

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barnslayer September 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

More obvious …. why is the Komen Foundation not using ALL of it's funds to research a cure for breast cancer. They shouldn't have a dime left over to give to other causes.

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