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After Outcry, a Senior Official Resigns at Komen

Title: After Outcry, a Senior Official Resigns at Komen

Author: Jennifer Preston

Publication:  The New York Times

Date: February 07, 2012

Karen Handel, a former Republican candidate for governor in Georgia who joined the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation last year, resigned Tuesday as senior vice president for policy just days after the foundation reversed its decision to largely end its financial support for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood affiliates amid an uproar…

Although Komen reversed its decision on Friday, criticism of the organization continued over the weekend and included a Twitter campaign started on Super Bowl Sunday called #takebackthepink aimed at pointing people to other ways to support breast cancer research.

Komen’s decision even prompted Ford, a longtime sponsor, to buy advertising on Twitter saying it did not believe that politics should be involved in breast cancer research. And members of MoveOn.org and two other organizations delivered petitions, signed by nearly 850,000 people, on Tuesday afternoon at Komen’s headquarters in Dallas calling on the organization to continue to financially support Planned Parenthood.

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