Top Susan G. Komen Official Resigns from LA Chapter

Organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer under fire for not renewing grants with Planned Parenthood

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    Deb Anthony has resigned from the Los Angeles County chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Update: Deb Anthony said her resignation was not related to the recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood. (Published Friday, Feb. 3, 2012)

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    Update: Deb Anthony said her resignation was not related to the recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood.

    "It is a coincidence that my resignation comes at a time when the Komen foundation is in the spotlight," she told NBC4.

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    "I submitted my resignation notice in December. I resigned for a variety of reasons. I got a great job with the Toberman (Neighborhood) Center. The Komen foundation is reorganizing, and it is no longer feeding my talents and needs. While there is a lot going on with the Komen foundation and Planned Parenthood right now, there is no single reason for my resignation," she said.

    Original Story: The executive director of a local chapter for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation -- a nationwide organization recently under fire for not renewing a partnership with Planned Parenthood -- has resigned, NBC4 confirmed Thursday.

    Deb Anthony (pictured, below) started her new role as executive director of the Toberman Neighborhood Center on Jan. 9, said Stephanie Hart, Toberman's program director. The non-profit organization provides social services to low-income residents in the Harbor area.

    Hart would not comment on the SGK controversy, or whether or not Anthony's resignation was related to Komen's recently adopted policy of not awarding grants to organizations under investigation.

    In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) launched a congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood concerning how the organization finances abortions.

    Nearly $700,000 in grants from Komen were allocated for Planned Parenthood's breast-cancer screenings and other breast-health services.

    Although Anthony's start date occurred weeks before Komen's public announcement, the decision was reportedly made in December and created dissention among Komen insiders, the Atlantic first reported.

    One of Komen's top officials, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest.

    Anthony did not give clear reasons for her departure from the LA chapter, although in an email to KCBS-TV, she wrote, "There are several decisions that Komen has made in the past year that have led me to decide that my skills and talents no longer fit their model."

    At the national level, Planned Parenthood has criticized Komen for "(succumbing) to political pressure."

    Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker responded to the condemnation, saying some "have regrettably mischaracterized" the new policy.

    "It's a mischaracterization of certainly our goals, our mission, and everything that we do. In fact, we haven't defunded Planned Parenthood. We still have three grants that we've committed to, at least for another year through the end of the grant cycle," Brinker said Thursday on "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

    Since the Jan. 31 announcement, Planned Parenthood has been flooded with donations, including $250,000 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It has since raised almost enough money to cover the loss of the Komen grants.

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