Former Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice president Karen Handel has written a blistering insider's account of the cancer charity's decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood and its swift retreat in the face of an intense backlash.
Titled "Planned Bullyhood" and due for publication Sept. 11, the book depicts Planned Parenthood as a partisan organization willing to weaken Komen to further a liberal political agenda. However, Handel - a conservative who resigned from Komen after its reversal - also assails Komen's leadership as indecisive and politically naive, and says the decision to backtrack was a mistake.
Komen had been under pressure from anti-abortion groups to end the grants because of Planned Parenthood's role in providing abortions. But the grant cutoff was reversed three days after it was disclosed publicly.