God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack. I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who resigned in February after attempting to defund Planned Parenthood. Although Komen’s grants were only used for cancer screenings, PP was targeted because some clinics perform abortions.
Handel has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a book called Planned Bullyhood, out in September. Planned Bullyhood, huh? Because giving Pap smears to low-income women who have no other health care options is so bullying! “Glee” should do a dance number! Get Lady Gaga on the phone! Anti-abortion activists were born this way!
In January, the cancer charity announced it would cease granting funds to PP at the behest of Handel, according to an insider at Komen. Handel’s excuse was a dubious “investigation” by anti-abortion Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida who claimed to be looking into whether the women’s health org used public money for abortions (which is already illegal). Komen’s actions, which were blatantly political, would have taken funding away from cancer screenings like Pap smears and breast exams. Following Handel’s resignation, Komen apologized and promised to reinstate its existing grants. (Last week, Komen’s CEO Nancy Brinker also announced her resignation.)
Planned Bullyhood will no doubt rewrite history, accusing PP of “bullying” — a word which means absolutely nothing when you consider it was Planned Parenthood under attack from anti-abortion activists, not the other way around. The word “Orwellian” comes to mind. Of course, this is not the first time that Handel — whose gubernatorial run in Georgia was endorsed by Sarah Palin — has attacked PP: in a March appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network, she accused Planned Parenthood of extortion. Clearly, she’s got it out for the organization which her former employer has charitably funded for five years.
I can’t wait to watch Planned Bullyhood be publicly debunked.