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Report: Planned Parenthood mistreats pregnant staffers

by Les Sillars
Posted 12/21/18, 10:48 am

Planned Parenthood regularly discriminates against pregnant employees, according to a report Thursday in The New York Times. The paper quoted eight former staffers at the abortion giant’s local or regional organizations who claimed their employers often refused to make workplace accommodations and pressured workers to return early from maternity leave. Some claimed they were pushed out or sidelined or were reluctant to announce their pregnancies because it would be seen as “abandoning” their colleagues.

Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen said she was “deeply disappointed” in the article and the organization “does not tolerate discrimination,” but she declined to comment on specific allegations. The organization will be revamping its parental leave policies, she added.

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, now president of the pro-life group And Then There Were None, told Life Site News that she was “offered multiple times to have my pregnancy ‘taken care of’ for fear that a baby would interrupt my upward trajectory and work performance.” She also called the suggestion that its affiliates cannot afford to pay for maternity leave a “massive deception.”

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Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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  • Narissara
    Posted: Fri, 12/21/2018 06:38 pm

    How can people not see that the whole abortion agenda is about supply and demand ... meeting quotas ... avoiding cost overruns ... ?  People are just cogs in the machine — babies interfere with productivity and bog down the machine.  How inconvenient.  Can’t have smiling mothers-to-be working in abortion clinics, either, I guess.  

  • VISTA48
    Posted: Sat, 12/22/2018 06:40 am

    This somewhat substantiates the feeling I get sometimes from the PP advocates, that they are a little put-off when one is actually born alive.

    Posted: Sat, 12/22/2018 06:47 pm



  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 12/22/2018 10:55 pm

    Advocates of “choice” are actually only in favor of the choices that conform to their dogma. 

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Sun, 12/23/2018 09:11 am

    I don't agree with it but I can see how a pregnant employee would be an embarassment to those who seek to stop such activity.  The natural life affirming process of pregnancy and delivery would probably make many uncomfortable.  It could even be seen as judgemental against those who are ending their pregnancy.  Preposterous?  Yes but I have learned lately that the preposterous is probable.