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Fox News alert on new fallout in the Susan G.
Komen foundation controversy over Planned Parenthood funding.
Karen -- a top executive -- the breast cancer charity has just resigned.
-- this drama started a week ago when Susan G.
Komen for the Cure decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.
Because that group was under congressional investigation.
The decision sparked a firestorm and just days later the breast cancer charity reversed itself under enormous public pressure.
Then earlier today a high ranking executive at -- step -- saying she was dismayed.
At the flip flop.
That executive Karen -- joins us now in her first national interview on the issue Karen thank you so much for being here.
Let's get to the bottom of this I think a lot of speculation.
About your role in this in the Huffington Post came out today.
With a long interview -- claiming that they've spoken with anonymous sources and review documents.
And they say you were the sole authority in crafting and implementing this policy at Coleman that would defund.
Planned Parenthood your response.
Well first I clearly acknowledge that I was involved in the process.
But -- -- suggest that I had the sole authority is just absurd.
The process was -- the policies were vetted at all the appropriate levels in the organization but I think the real point here is that.
You know it lets all keep in mind isn't -- -- for the cure first of all is a great organization.
And then the last time I checked.
Private nonprofit organizations have a right in the responsibility.
To be able to set the highest standards and criteria on there and without interference let alone the level -- vicious attacks and coercion that it's occurred.
By Planned Parenthood it's it's simply outrageous -- you amazed by the push back.
That followed when Susan G.
Komen decided to defund Planned Parenthood.
-- -- -- Absolutely I think you -- come in and you know obviously -- now I'm speaking for myself since I did resign this morning.
And -- -- to clarify that I resign -- in because.
It was clear that all of this had gotten to a point where -- -- ratcheted so high I was too much of a focal point.
And Susan G.
Komen for the Cure is a truly great organization that has done wonderful things.
It is made and in extraordinary impact in the fight against breast cancer and I really felt I had a responsibility to just step aside so that they could refocus on their mission.
Understood but there was of course a lot of push back end.
And many people believe they admitted you are responsible for that you're the person because he would run for office prior to joining -- -- you would said he wanted to defund Planned Parenthood were in terms of taxpayer dollars.
And that you brought that agenda with you when you went to -- I I and I'm not suggesting that that's right or wrong I'm just trying to ask you whether that is true.
Absolutely not four come in for myself the mission was always foremost in everyone's mind the mission and the women that we serve.
And for anyone and the only -- -- is made this issue political had been Planned Parenthood.
And whenever an organization is looking and that they're granting portfolio they want to do high quality grants and have the strongest most stringent criteria they can.
And what -- was unleashed over this past week was a vicious attack against a great organization.
And frankly individual attacks against Nancy Brinker in individual whom I admire greatly.
And I would think all of us should be sat -- that an outside organization we'll put this kind of pressure.
Are on another organization around their prophecies in granting and how they do it and to whom they're going to -- But it bit that people believed it was it was a front for the truth is this stuff about you know we have to defund Planned Parenthood because they're under congressional investigation.
Because of of all the organization that komen funds.
Only want one -- do you find -- -- Planned Parenthood so it it didn't smell right it didn't pass the smell test it seemed like time -- it was indeed.
The targeted organization and one -- come out and say.
We have a problem funding this organization.
You know I think the current congressional investigation along with the various state.
Investigations and those were a factor in the decision.
But make no mistake about it.
You know that it was a bigger picture than that there is a granting criteria as well as the controversies that were surrounding Planned Parenthood and it's no secret again.
That you know komen and other organizations that report finding Planned Parenthood had been under pressure for some years long before my time.
That'd been going on the -- the pressure around the controversy and and -- you know I'm not gonna get into union too much on the internal aspects of things but.
You in this organization had a right to make what it felt was the best decision.
For the mission for -- mission he and I think everyone can agree that if you have a a Green -- where there's this type of controversy surrounding it.
Come -- was doing its level best to move to neutral ground and I would say.
I was asked to look at at options for doing that some alternatives to.
It was it your idea however -- -- I'm saying that this long an issue for come in dealing with the controversies that play apparently got and they can't get ensuing that's it let me -- -- -- obviously what what made a lot of news last week was was the push back by Planned Parenthood supporters who were outraged at the original -- decision what did not make as much news.
But was also obviously a thread was the celebration by many who are who consider themselves pro life of the decision.
Have you heard from those.
People in the -- -- your decision today and in the wake of the news the broke last week.
I've not personally heard today it's been.
Obviously I'm a busy morning for me and trying to sort things through -- and making sure we -- everything forward appropriately.
As far as you know that it no one wanted to make this a celebration about anything -- whole purpose was to try to get to a place of neutral ground.
And then -- that place so that come home was not in the middle of this -- that we could be squarely focused on our mission and serving the women can you tell us Karen.
You know when Susan G.
Komen reversed its decision last week.
They were -- Kind of vague about the reasons.
What happened what why did they reverse themselves.
Look I think you can just see the pressure that was mounting around then.
You know I'm -- always be a professional I'm not planning to go into those -- living in NASCAR women that.
But it's clear that there is enormous pressure on the organization enormous pressure.
And you know while I I disagree I respect organization's right to make that decision then and move forward.
I know that they've offered you the severance package which you have declined -- you can -- Look this is a nonprofit and I'm very much aware of that and you know I didn't.
I I was doing my job night in and I wasn't interested in having.
A paycheck for our written check for myself.
Did you simply go away and I wanted to do the right thing on my own terms and that's what I talkative.
I know that they've accepted your resignation and -- Nancy Brinker -- you mentioned has wish you the best.
In your future endeavors Karen thank you see this fantastic organization.
Thank you very much all of -- you.
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