Komen Exec Resigns over P. Parenthood Dispute

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A senior executive with the Susan G. Komen Foundation has stepped down after last week's dispute over whether the charity should continue funding Planned Parenthood.

Karen Handel, the charity's vice president for public policy, resigned Tuesday. She supported the group's decision to stop providing money to the abortion provider.

The Komen Foundation announced it would exclude Planned Parenthood from its grants after an investigation was launched by a Florida congressman. The charity then reversed its decision three days later after a firestorm of criticism.

In her resignation letter, Handel told Komen executives that she still believes the move to stop funding Planned Parenthood was best.

"I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it," Handel wrote.

"I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen's future and the women we serve," she said.

Handel said in the letter that the now-abandoned policy was fully vetted by the Komen organization. Board members did not raise any objections when they were presented with the proposed policy in November, Handel said.

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