Republican Karen Handel not only became the first woman to win a congressional seat in Georgia last night, but she exacted revenge on Planned Parenthood — which had relentlessly worked to get Handel fired five years ago.
In 2012, Handel worked for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation as vice president of public policy.
While Komen raised money in the name of fighting breast cancer, the foundation gave $700,000 a year to Planned Parenthood.
Handel stopped that.
Planned Parenthood stopped her. In February 2012, she resigned amid a liberal backlash.
From the New York Times on February 7, 2012:
By restoring Planned Parenthood’s eligibility for grants on Friday, the Komen foundation, the nation’s most influential breast cancer advocacy organization, sought to quiet the criticism that engulfed it last week after its decision to cut contributions to Planned Parenthood became public. Until the controversy, Komen had been seen as a nonpartisan organization that raised large amounts of money from supporters across the ideological spectrum.
But there were new signs this week that the political divisions over Planned Parenthood — which provides abortions, contraceptives and a range of health services to women at hundreds of clinics across the country — would continue to be an issue for Komen. Mitt Romney waded into the debate on Monday during an interview with the conservative talk show host Scott Hennen, saying he did not think the foundation’s executives should have changed their mind over cutting the support to Planned Parenthood.
Liberals threatened to boycott Komen.
After Komen fired Handel (technically she resigned), conservatives boycotted Komen. And the charity learned that conservatives — not liberals — are the charitable people.
Revenues for Komen dropped.
“In fiscal 2011, the organization collected $367 million,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
In fiscal 2015, the organization collected $213,313,130, Charity Navigator reported.
Planned Parenthood gave Democrat Jon Ossoff, a carpetbagger, $750,000.
It was an investment. Ossoff would vote to continue the flow of tax money to Planned Parenthood. Think of it as a kickback. Every Democrat in Congress gets one.
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Handel; Planned Parenthood endorsed Ossoff. SBA List contacted more than 65,000 voters with information about Handel’s opposition to painful late-term abortions, opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, and willingness to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.
“We congratulate pro-life champion Karen Handel on her historic victory tonight. Although America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, spent six figures in support of her opponent Jon Ossoff, Karen’s record of courageous leadership won the day,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We are encouraged that the voters rejected Ossoff’s extreme pro-abortion agenda and are sending Karen Handel to Washington to stand up for women and children and get taxpayers out of the abortion business.”
Ossoff attacked Handel over the Komen/Planned Parenthood scandal during their first debate. Handel defended herself, pointing out she had been tasked with disengaging the Foundation from involvement with Planned Parenthood because the grants it had been giving the abortion giant “were not effective.”
Women’s health would be better if Komen did not give $700,000 a year to Planned Parenthood, and instead focused on its stated mission of battling breast cancer.
Americans want tax funding of abortion ended.
In light of the election of Handel, Republicans should finally end giving money to Planned Parenthood.
Instead use the money to fund lung cancer research (it kills 72,000 women a year, breast cancer 40,000).
Don Surber is a renowned retired newspaperman and columnist of forty years experience living in Poca, West Virginia. In July, he published Trump the Press on Amazon, a look at how the experts got the Republican nomination wrong.His bestselling new book, Trump The Establishment is a stirring sequel covering the election.
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