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Book Review: Planned Bullyhood

by | Sep 11, 2012

How Planned Parenthood and Their Allies Prosecuted A Political War Against Susan G. Komen For the Cure

By Ernest L. Ohlhoff, Director of Outreach, National Right to Life

bully  (noun) – a blustering browbeating person; especially : one habitually cruel to others who are weaker   (

With great personal courage, and strength of character, Karen Handel is now telling the inside story of how Planned Parenthood “bullied” Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Karen, without realizing the quicksand she was treading on, became the center of a titanic “political” battle between Susan G. Koman for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.

Planned Bullyhood is a well written and documented book in which Karen Handel chronicles how Planned Parenthood was able to intimidate and bully Susan G. Komen for the Cure into capitulating to their demands.

In Karen’s own words:

“This is the story of how Planned Parenthood, in partnership with the liberal establishment, made Komen pay for daring to put its mission above the ideology of the almighty left.  Planned Parenthood became the left’s ultimate spear in the election year battle to maintain the White House, willing to destroy anyone or any organization that might get in the way.”

“Planned Parenthood, most of the media, liberal interest groups, and Democratic politicians said Komen’s decision was political.  It was not; it was an economic one – – made in the best interest of Komen and, more importantly, the women Komen servers”

According to Karen, who was Komen’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, the organization was in the process of revising its grant criteria to insure that all grants were used effectively and that metrics were established to measure their progress.  The process studied all grants and did not specifically target Planned Parenthood.

Data presented in Handel’s book indicated that media reports were totally out of focus with the real issues that were the roots of the conflict.  The media reported that Koman planned to cut back grants to Planned Parenthood with implied reference to a bias against Planned Parenthood’s huge abortion business.

Komen’s attackers cared little about the organization’s commitment to detect, treat and cure breast cancer and its special status as a 501 c3 charitable organization.  Komen became a “political” target of opportunity and was punished for even threatening to evaluate grants to Planned Parenthood.  In the end they pushed enough pressure points to make Komen capitulate, apologize, and continue the grants.

The book indicates that Planned Parenthood misrepresented Komen’s corporate process and turned it into a “war on women.”  The attacks on Komen appear to be timed to coincide with the Obama Administration’s plan to open a second “political” front using the HHS mandates to force employers and individuals to purchase insurance that includes medications and procedures they find morally objectionable.

Handel’s description of these coordinated attacks by supposedly independent entities, which on the surface, appear coincidental, was in reality a web of personal relationships and corporate associations that worked as a team to vilify Komen.

In the end, Karen Handel, the token conservative pro-lifer, was the sacrificial lamb led to the slaughter.  But as newscaster Paul Harvey often said, “now you know the rest of the story.”  Planned Bullyhood references a huge amount of documents, quotes, news stories, emails and other creditable sources that will allow you to, “…know the rest of the story.”  And, it’s not a pretty story.

Virtually every “good guy – bad guy” book, movie, or television series pits a good guy against a bad guy or group (bully or bullies).  Americans don’t like bullies.  Some bullies are individuals and some are more nebulous, governments, businesses, and organizations. The bottom line is consistent – Americans don’t like bullies.

This is a must read book for all Americans who really care about fairness and justice.

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