Komen fallout continues.
At least five high-ranking executives with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned in the aftermath of the organization’s decision to eliminate its funding for Planned Parenthood.
The departures include three officials from Komen’s Dallas headquarters, as well as CEOs of affiliate groups in Oregon and New York City. The chairman of the foundation also stepped down from his post, though he will remain on the board. Although some cited personal reasons, the resignations suggest that Komen is still in turmoil, even after reversing course and restoring the money to Planned Parenthood.
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said she could not speak to individuals’ reasons for leaving but acknowledged the effects of the controversy among supporters.
“Obviously, we know some folks are upset. We’ve certainly seen that,” Aun said. “We know people have been upset by recent events, but most really do recognize the importance of our work.”
An article from Reuters begs to differ:
U.S. breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure is feeling a pinch on donations following a controversy over its funding for Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of birth-control and abortion services.
A few of the group’s flagship “Race for the Cure” fundraising events have failed to meet targets, a Komen spokeswoman said on Friday. Separately, at least five of the group’s leaders have stepped down in recent weeks.
Komen, the world’s biggest breast cancer charity, provoked uproar over its decision to cut - and later restore - funding for Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of birth control, abortion and other women’s health services. Komen supports Planned Parenthood’s efforts to provide access to breast-cancer screening.
I think we can probably count the original Komen decision as the beginning of broad awareness of the Republican War on Women. That war has actually been going on for decades, but the GOP managed to keep it mostly under the radar. But Republican praise for the short-lived Komen decision, followed by the GOP’s disastrous contraceptive coverage hearing — which in turn was followed by Rush Limbaugh’s idiocy — has brought the War on Women into the spotlight. And it can’t possibly survive there.
If Republicans are hoping that everyone will forget about all this War on Women stuff, Komen’s ongoing story doesn’t offer a lot of comfort. This is going to be with them for a while.