SAN FRANCISCO, California — After a successful campaign calling on Susan G. Komen to reverse its decision to defund Planned Parenthood, a second action by CREDO members resulting in nearly 50,000 petition signatures and hundreds of calls to Komen’s Dallas headquarters successfully contributed to Karen Handel’s resignation from the charity.
CREDO was joined by UltraViolet, a women’s action organization, in calling for Handel to be removed from the organization. CREDO Action launched the second petition Friday and members started making calls to the Komen offices this morning, with hundreds pouring in before the announcement that Handel was stepping down.
"Tea Party politicians like Karen Handel shouldn't get to play politics with women's right to health care," said Becky Bond, Political Director CREDO Action. "Her damaging actions at the Susan G. Komen foundation show that in the real world -- unlike in Congress -- when you threaten Planned Parenthood clinics, you will face massive and immediate pushback."
CREDO, Planned Parenthood’s largest corporate donor, has also pledged a $200,000 grant program to replace the funds threatened by Komen’s decision.
"Karen Handel's resignation is a victory for women's health over Tea Party extremism," said Bond. "But let us be very clear on this –the fight to defend Planned Parenthood is never over. Every time Planned Parenthood is attacked, we will fight fiercely to protect a woman's right to health care."