Executive Behind Susan G. Komen's Planned Parenthood Defunding Announces Memoir


Titled "Planned Bullyhood," the book will detail former senior vice president Karen Handel's side of the controversy.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation executive who ignited a firestorm last winter by recommending the popular breast cancer research foundation withdraw their funding of Planned Parenthood will tell her side of the story in a book set to his shelves on September 11.

Titled Planned Bullyhood, the book by Karen Handel comes from Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the publishing house announced on Monday.

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Handel, a Republican and vocal pro-life advocate who once ran for Georgia governor, resigned from her senior vice president post in February as the woman at the center of the Planned Parenthood controversy.

A protege of Komen CEO Nancy Brinker, Handel was first brought in as a "contractor to field public-policy issues," New York magazine notes -- a move that angered many at the non-profit.

Brinker announced last week that she would be stepping down from her post, in a "decision unrelated to the controversy," according to a spokeswoman for Komen.

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The Associate Press first broke the news last January that Komen was pulling all funding from Planned Parenthood -- a partnership that had begun in 2007 and supported free breast exams to thousands of poor and un-insured women across the country. 

It was met with instant public furor, and -- despite Handel's departure and a reinstatement of the Planned Parenthood grants -- the move left the organization with an embarrassing black eye.

Donations to Komen are down by "as much as 20 percent," New York reports.

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