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Susan G Komen, You Can’t Delete the Tweet

A lot has been written today about how Susan G Komen botched their reputation by not responding — or even attempting to control — the backlash against the organization in light of the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  It’s sort of a study in what-not-to-do in terms of leading the public perception of a brand or organization.  In fact, I am writing about this idea right now for BlogHer.

But in doing research for that post, I came across a retweet that was posted and then deleted earlier today by Karen Handel, the vice president of Susan G Komen who is behind the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Plenty of people took screenshots of the original tweet so it lives on, in all its glory.

I don’t know.  It sort of speaks volumes about the person, which — of course — reflects on the organization she represents.  I would love to have everyone print out the Planned Parenthood at a Glance page — the one that speaks to the numerous services Planned Parenthood provides — and mail it to Karen Handel’s office, since she seems to believe that 3% of services constitutes 100% of services, hence why she refers to this women’s health organization as a “pro-abortion group.”  Unless I’m going to think that Handel is heartless and cruel, I need to believe that she is just poorly informed and ignorant.  And therefore, the classy thing would be to educate her.

I’m going to send her my print out in the morning.  If you want to send a letter to her office, you can too:

Karen Handel
Susan G Komen
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75244


1 It Is What It Is { 02.02.12 at 10:16 pm }

I printed and will send out in the mail to her tomorrow, too (perhaps along with a screenshot of the tweet).

2 a { 02.03.12 at 12:07 am }

I saw that tweet earlier…I wish I believed that she was simply uninformed. Have you read Michael Specter’s Denialism? That’s what it sounds like to me – consciously refusing to believe anything that doesn’t fit in with your view of the world.

3 Queenie { 02.03.12 at 1:54 am }

Love your other post on this and love this one. I’ve never had an abortion, but for the better part of a decade, I would have gone without healthcare but for Planned Parenthood and their awesome sliding fee scale.

4 JustHeather { 02.03.12 at 5:33 am }

Huh..? I’m wordless for this.
Planned Parenthood was there for me when I needed them many years ago. They were informative and helpful, never pushing me to do anything I didn’t want or need.
Thanks for all this info, Mel. As always, you’re great!

5 Peggy { 02.03.12 at 9:17 am }

I have just printed the program menu for PP and am mailing this to Ms. Handel. I advised that this would be my only contribution this year or any other until this funding is restored and she resigns – her ignorance is telling!

6 Katie { 02.03.12 at 10:07 am }

This makes me so sick to my stomach. I’ve been in tears over this for days, but this? This INFURIATES ME. You can bet your ass I’ll be mailing this to Karen Handel, as well as a copy of my post on this issue. She should be ashamed of herself.

7 Justine { 02.03.12 at 10:21 am }

Holy SH. This turns my stomach. Thanks for posting …

8 A.M.S { 02.03.12 at 10:37 am }

They aren’t that far away. If I didn’t hate driving in Dallas on such a deep level, I’d go deliver my copy in person.

9 Gail { 02.03.12 at 10:58 am }

My letter is written and in the mail!

10 Amy { 02.03.12 at 11:06 am }

I don’t normally get involved in political issues…but that just made me sick. For someone in her position to be as ignorant as she appears makes me WANT to send a letter.

11 k { 02.03.12 at 11:26 am }

In case you need more proof this isn’t about what Komen is spinning that it is:


12 Eggs In A Row { 02.03.12 at 11:27 am }

Who exactly is pro-abortion? Just curious.

13 Gail { 02.03.12 at 11:45 am }

CNN and MSNBC are both reporting that the funding decision has been reversed and Susan G Komen will continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

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