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

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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.