Karen Handel, the charity's vice president for public policy, told Komen officials that she supported the move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. She said the discussion started before she arrived at the organization and was approved at the highest levels of the charity.
"I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it," Handel said in her letter. "I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen's future and the women we serve."
The state of Texas can begin enforcing their ultrasound law but Judge Sam Sparks isn't happy about it.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said he was forced to follow the federal appellate court's ruling last month that ordered its immediate enforcement.
Sparks said his action on Monday came out of deference to the higher court. But he criticized the appellate court for "making puppets out of doctors" and stripping them of rights to freedom of speech under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Robert George and Carter Snead on Planned Parenthood's hostages:
It is easy to see why Komen might not wish to be associated with Planned Parenthood. Fighting breast cancer is something all Americans can and do agree on; promoting and performing abortions is something that divides us bitterly.
While Planned Parenthood's target in the Komen case was new, its tactics are not. In the past two years, we have seen the abortion giant (and the politicians it funds) hold for ransom a diverse array of hostages.
Calgary police arrested a prolifer for not agreeing to take down signs showing images of aborted children. They also took the group's signs.