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I really wish Pro-Lifers, were about LIFE, and not controlling others right to CHOICE!!WASHINGTON -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation's leading anti-breast-cancer charity, has insisted that its since-reversed decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood arose from a routine change in criteria for grant eligibility that had nothing to do with abortion politics.
But a Komen insider told HuffPost on Sunday that Karen Handel, Komen's staunchly anti-abortion vice president for public policy, was the main force behind the decision to defund Planned Parenthood and the attempt to make that decision look nonpolitical.
"Karen Handel was the prime instigator of this effort, and she herself personally came up with investigation criteria," the source, who requested anonymity for professional reasons, told HuffPost. "She said, 'If we just say it's about investigations, we can defund Planned Parenthood and no one can blame us for being political.'"
Emails between Komen leadership on the day the Planned Parenthood decision was announced, which were reviewed by HuffPost under the condition they not be published, confirm the source's description of Handel's sole "authority" in crafting and implementing the Planned Parenthood policy.
Handel's strategy to cut off Planned Parenthood involved drafting new guidelines that would prevent Komen from funding any organization that was under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Since Planned Parenthood is currently the target of a congressional inquiry prompted by House Republicans into the way it uses government funds, the family planning provider would have been immediately disqualified from receiving new Komen grants.
After the initial uproar when news of the decision broke, the story that Komen told the public was that the cut-off was unrelated to a political agenda against Planned Parenthood.
"While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a long-standing partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and most fully advance our mission," the charity said in a statement this past Tuesday.
"Komen's been dealing with the Planned Parenthood issue for years, and you know, some right-wing groups would organize a protest or send out a mailing every now and then, but it was on a low simmer," the source said. "What Karen's been doing for the past six months is ratcheting up the issue with leadership. Every time someone would even mention a protest, she would magnify it, pump it up, exaggerate it. She's the one that kept driving this issue."
Handel and Komen President Elizabeth Thompson didn't respond to requests for comment.
The source said Handel submitted a final version of the new grant criteria to Komen leadership in November, and the board approved it in December, at which point Komen's top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned "on the spot."
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
In 2008, a woman'a group from Pinckney, Michigan, The Wild Womyn, dedicated a "Gather the Women Event" http://www.gatherthewomen.org/ to the creation of Goddess Masks, inspired by Loren Raine. http://threadsofspiderwoman.blogspot.com/
She graciously allowed us to draw creative energy from her work.
The creation of and the circle work involved with the awakening of our own masks, has 4 years later, been noted to be part of our individual evolution.
Loren is again creating a presence for us.....she calls out to the old spirits of the divinine feminine, and requests their expression in this Time.....In honor of her dedication to the energy of the Feminine, to the deep energies that are freed into our world and consciousness, lets us assist as possible.
The Masks of the GoddessMythology is at the roots of our culture, stories that inspire and teach. We have endless renditions of war god myths - but few know the universal, multi-cultural myths of the Goddess, the "faces of feminine dieties". What is the "Mirror of Sophia?" How is the "Descent of Inanna" important? Who was Sedna? These ancient yet contemporary stories, and many others, are deeply meaningful as we create a new mythology for our time: stories that empower women and envision sustainable ways of living in Mother Earth.
For almost 10 years the Masks of the Goddess were brought to life by dancers, storytellers, and teachers. The project ended in 2008, but ever since then I've received many requests to use the masks, which I no longer have. So this year (2012) I've begun work on a new collection, which will be held in trust for future communities. I'm seeking $6,000.00 for the time and materials I need to make 21 new masks ($1,000.00 of that amount will be for the costs of producing and shipping Rewards). Monies raised will also fund the "inaugural performance" of the new collection at the 2012 Women and Mythology Conference in San Francisco, produced and directed by author and ritualist Macha NightMare. As she describes it,
"Around the world 'spirits of place' have revealed themselves to us, encounters that generated stories told over the ages. With masks especially created for this event, we propose a ritual performance that offers all celebrants encounters with these goddesses as they have been known in the past and as they exist today."
Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!