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Komen controversy puts Maryland native in spotlight

February 4th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

As the funding controversy swirled around Susan G. Komen for the Cure this week, much of the criticism was directed not at the group's chief executive but at a Maryland native who serves as a senior policy adviser. The Baltimore Sun reports Karen Handel, who faced a hard-luck childhood in Prince George's County, has been painted in the media as an architect of the group's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood, and many critics took aim at her background as a candidate for Georgia governor in 2010. In the Republican primary race — in which she was endorsed by both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin — she showcased her anti-abortion philosophy and promised to cut state grants to Planned Parenthood.

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