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Planned Parenthood staffers: toxic work environment, pregnancy discrimination, intimidation, prioritizes profit over care

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As employees speak out, Planned Parenthood’s mask begins to crack

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A new phenomenon appears to be taking place at Planned Parenthood. In what was a shock to many, in 2018, political activist president Cecile Richards suddenly announced her resignation, followed by that of VP Dawn Laguens and VP of Communications, Kevin Griffis, among others. Planned Parenthood hired ER doctor Leana Wen — who has called abortion “health care” — to replace Richards, and vowed that abortion will be its focus in 2019. But at the same time, employees of the so-called “women’s rights organization” are spilling long-held secrets and exposing inner workings and toxic attitudes of the organization, founded 100 years ago by eugenicist Margaret Sanger. While these revelations might come as a surprise to pro-choicers, pro-lifers know that the organization’s roots have been rotten since its inception.

Lower level staffers revolt against Planned Parenthood’s corporate greed

While Planned Parenthood as a corporation was busy raking in millions in excess revenue over the past several years, its staffers claim it failed to pay them a decent wage. As a result, Planned Parenthood employees began unionizing. A report from In These Times claims Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) employees first began organizing in 2016, and it was the sixth local affiliate to do so. “In at least two of these cases, the local employer was accused of attempting to squelch worker organizing,” the media outlet reported.

But why did PPRM employees attempt to unionize?

Their key issues included wages—according to the union, the median annual wage for PPRM employees is $35,000, which is at the low end of the median range for health workers given by the Bureau of Labor Statistics—high staff turnover and prohibitively high costs of adding family members to employee health insurance.”

When employees spoke out, staffers claim Planned Parenthood intimidated them.

Suzanne Thorp, who has worked for PPRM since 2013, claims PPRM revoked her ticket to a fundraiser out of fear she would encourage donors not to use their dollars for anti-union efforts. A June 2018 post published on the Facebook page of the PPRM Union Bargaining Team claims the organization called the police after Thorp showed up outside the event. The abortion corporation later denied the claim.

Image: Suzanne Thorp – Planned Parenthood treatment for unionizing

Suzanne Thorp – Planned Parenthood treatment for unionizing

READ: Planned Parenthood ignores safety, wants non-doctors to commit abortions

Another alleged staffer wrote about Planned Parenthood’s fight against unionizing on Instagram: “Friends – today is my last day working for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains…. PPRM’s management have only pushed back in order to keep us from accessing our basic employee rights…. I’ve given the last two years of my life to this cause that I love so much and to see my colleagues bullied like this by the agency they have worked so hard for breaks my f**king heart…”

Others joined in:

Image: Planned Parenthood staffers on unionizing

Planned Parenthood staffers on unionizing

Grim added in another tweet, “I know @CecileRichards is gone but really is this the new regime? Affiliates spending ‘up to a million dollars’ to block union efforts.”

Employees publicly complain about shoddy treatment 

In addition to low wages, one PPRM staffer took to Twitter to reveal that Planned Parenthood even looked down on employees for taking their rightfully earned work breaks:

“Solstice Fairy” added in another tweet, “Stop shouting ‘SELF CARE!!!!’ at us when we say we need a moment to pee or drink or eat. Taking a lunch break is not self care. It is a federally mandated right of employees working more than 6 hours in a day….”

Reviews published at Indeed.com (more not shown here) display more worker dissatisfaction:

Other review make it clear that patients are herded through like cattle, stating that “they schedule you patients every 10 minutes.”

 

READ: Investigative Report: Planned Parenthood affiliate CEO salaries still climbing

Planned Parenthood appears to be rotting from within as staffers expose the organization’s hypocrisy. The most recent example occurred when Planned Parenthood whistleblowers told the New York Times the abysmal way the organization discriminates against pregnant employees.

Prior to that report, Live Action News revealed that Planned Parenthood insiders in Nashville exposed how the corporation’s leaders were prioritizing profits over care, something pro-lifers have known for years.

A brief history: Planned Parenthood’s push for abortion always wins over actual health care

Prioritizing profits over care isn’t new for Planned Parenthood. Years after founder Margaret Sanger died, Alan F. Guttmacher, a physician and former VP of the Eugenics Society, took the reins. Guttmacher was obsessed with population control and led the corporation to become an abortion vendor. Later, Faye Wattleton, an African American woman, was appointed president (chosen, many believe, to quell suspicion of eugenics among the Black community), who doubled down on promoting abortion. Years later, president Pamela Maraldo attempted to tone down the abortion emphasis with an effort to reinvent the corporation into a health care organization, but was ousted by pro-abortion zealots on the inside.

READ: Report: Planned Parenthood discriminated against pregnant employees

Planned Parenthood eventually appointed Cecile Richards, who had no health care experience, to supervise the surge of abortions, tax dollars, excess revenue, and CEO salaries — all while Planned Parenthood’s actual health services and clients plummeted. Richards’ goal was to build the abortion corporation into the largest “kick butt political organization” to reinforce Planned Parenthood’s political laundering scheme. She presided over numerous scandals, accusations of fraudthe cover-up of child sexual abuse, and much more.

What is emerging today is a truer picture of Planned Parenthood as its image begins to show cracks, even in the way it treats employees and patients. It has for too long masqueraded as a health care organization while tragically ending the lives of over 320,000 preborn children each year by abortion.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Woman said she was fired after pregnancy- refused supervisor’s suggestion to have an abortion

Posted in Abortion, Pregnancy Discrimination, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life with tags , , , , on September 21, 2010 by saynsumthn

Woman Claims She Was Fired For Being Pregnant
By David Begnaud
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Cristina Porter said she was fired from her job as events coordinator because she was pregnant.

A local woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming she was punished and let go because she was pregnant, but the company’s attorneys are denying the allegations.

Cristina Porter, 24, has worked for Scott’s Seafood since she was 17 and was employed last year as the events coordinator at the restaurant’s Sacramento location. When she passed out at work one day in 2009, she found out she was pregnant.

Porter alleges she told a supervisor about the pregnancy and asked he “keep the information private,” according to the lawsuit.

“He asked some questions about my personal life, about the relationship that I had with my child’s father and suggested that I have an abortion,” Porter said.

The pregnancy wasn’t planned, but Cristina said abortion wasn’t an option for her.

“He told former customers of mine and employees that I was getting an abortion,” she said.

When Porter asked about her health care coverage, she alleges someone in the company’s administration said she was “making a big mistake keeping the baby.”

One month after revealing her pregnancy, Porter says she was written up.

“My client didn’t meet the food and beverage minimum that they signed off on and I got written up for that,” she said.

Five months later, she called in sick after being diagnosed with “a viral infection and dislocated rib,” according to the lawsuit. Two days later, Porter said she was fired.

“I don’t see a reason why I was let go, especially the state of pregnancy I was in,” she said. “I mean, I was a first-time mom. I needed the income.”

In an e-mail to CBS13, the attorney for Scott’s Seafood said Porter’s allegations are false.

“Ms. Porter was laid off, along with several other employees, solely due to the economic downturn that has affected so many Sacramento businesses. Her pregnancy had nothing to do with the decision to lay her off,” the e-mail stated.

Porter’s lawyer, Lawrence Bohm, accused the restaurant of punishing her because of her lifestyle choices.

“It’s not okay to be harassed and told that you’re making a wrong decision for choosing to keep your child,” Bohm said.

The lawyer for Scott’s Seafood said the company has never been accused of pregnancy discrimination before Porter’s complaint.

Bohm said he isn’t looking for a settlement for the case; he wants a jury to hear Porter’s claims.