March 24, 2012- A number of executives from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity that fights breast cancer, have resigned following the decision by the organization to stop funding to Planned Parenthood. Five or more high-ranking executives departed included three from Komen’s headquarters in Dallas along with CEO’s from affiliate groups in New York City and Oregon.
The foundation’s chairman also stepped down, but will stay on Komen’s board. Some of those that left cited it was due to personal reasons. Nevertheless, the resignations point to Komen still being mired in turmoil, even following the reversal of course and announcing it would continue funding Planned Parenthood.
A spokeswoman for the foundation said she did not know the reasons for each individual who left. However, she did acknowledge the controversy had lasting effects and that people were upset. The first resignation took place nearly a month ago.
The CEO and executive director of the groups Southwest Washington and Oregon affiliate, Chris McDonald announced her resignation effective the end of April. She said that not any one incident prompted her resignation.
In late January, it was announced that Komen would stop funding Planned Parenthood for its services of breast cancer screening. Komen said the decision stemmed from Planned Parenthood being the focus of an investigation by congress launched by activists against abortion.