Komen exec resigns after dispute over charity's funding for Planned Parenthood

A vice president for the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer charity who says she supported the move to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood has stepped down, according to the Associated Press. Vice president Karen Handel, a former GOP candidate for governor, says Komen has long been concerned about the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood. The charity reversed its decision to cut off funding after it sparked a firestorm of criticism.
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A vice president for the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer charity who says she supported the move to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood has stepped down, according to the Associated Press. Vice president Karen Handel, a former GOP candidate for governor, says Komen has long been concerned about the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood. The charity reversed its decision to cut off funding after it sparked a firestorm of criticism.

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