By Dave Andrusko
My apologies for missing a huge story while I was on vacation—that on August 16 an Arizona jury awarded former Planned Parenthood facility director Mayra Rodriguez $3 million in a wrongful termination case.
It is only the latest in a string of hugely negative publicity for PPFA still reeling from its abrupt decision to fire its new president after only eight months on the job (see below).
“It took the jury a mere three hours of deliberation before they ruled in favor of Rodriguez,” Samatha Kamman reported. “Even though her attorney had not asked for a specific amount, the jury ruled that Planned Parenthood must pay Rodriguez $3 million in damages.”
According to LifeSiteNews, Rodriquez “was fired after reporting an abortionist’s illegal conduct and high complication rates, falsification of affidavits and patient records, incomplete abortions, and failure to report statutory rape.”
Rodriguez, “who ran three Planned Parenthood clinics in Arizona and worked for the organization for 17 years, sued the non-profit after being wrongfully terminated from her position in October 2017 after repeatedly making claims that Planned Parenthood was endangering the health and safety of its patients,” Claire Chretien reported.
“And Then There Were None” (ATTWN), a non-profit that helps former abortion workers leave the industry, “said Planned Parenthood tried to use Rodriguez’s immigration status against her.”
Matt Hadro of Catholic News Agency wrote that following Rodriquez’s complaints, “she was terminated from her position in October of 2017, at which time she filed suit.”
Rodriguez, former director of three Planned Parenthood facilities in Arizona, told CNA, “I feel very, very happy, very, very blessed. It has been a very hard two years since we started this process.” She also told Hadro
“It has been a very rough two years. A lot of deception, and a lot of pain. I lost a lot of friends throughout these two years, especially since I lost my job. People just stopped talking to me the moment they hear I submitted a lawsuit. Some of them still work there, so I understand. But there were others, formerly that used to work there, and ‘oh, I don’t want to be involved.’”
“It hurts, because there were some moments where you feel like you’re standing there alone,” she said
Rodriguez documented a lengthy series of abuses, Chretien explained in her story. “Complications from abortions can result in serious, permanent health problems for women — even death. Incomplete abortions can similarly cause serious health problems for the mothers in whose uteruses parts of their aborted unborn babies are left. ATTWN didn’t specify how old the minor was whose sexual relationship with an adult Planned Parenthood covered up, but the age of consent in Arizona is 18.”
As NRL News Today wrote in “Connecting the dots to expose and explain the crisis at Planned Parenthood,” Planned Parenthood is suffering from a flood of bad news of its own making. To name just a few…
*The ouster of Dr. Leana Wen as president after only eight months—and her refusal to go quietly into the night.
*A story in Verily explaining, “Why Are So Many Employees Leaving Planned Parenthood? Pulling back the curtain on this trend.”
*The expose at the heart of the book and later movie “Unplanned,” in which a former PPFA employee of the year had a complete change of heart, spurred on by being called into participate in an abortion where she saw an ultrasound of a 13-week-old baby being killed, and reacted in horror.
*A lengthy story in (of all places The New York Times) detailing how Planned Parenthood discriminated against its own pregnant employees! Gabriel Hayes explained, “The Times cited the firsthand accounts from several Planned Parenthood employees, including medical assistant Ta’Lisa Hairston, who complained the ‘reproductive rights provider ignored her doctor’s requests that she be allowed to take breaks for the sake of her and her baby’s health.”
Add to this that Planned Parenthood refuses to abide by the rules of the “Protect Life” Title X Family Planning Program. As NRL News Today has reported on multiple occasions, there have been numerous developments since HHS issued a rule, finalized in February, which restored Title X family planning regulations to prohibit grantees from co-locating with abortion clinics, or from referring clients for abortion.
No money was cut, but the rule ensures that health facilities receiving Title X funds do not perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. Of the $287 million Title X program, Planned Parenthood is the beneficiary of around $50 to $60 million.
And this is independent of a number of states which are prioritizing their family planning dollars to go to full-service Community Health Centers.
To be clear, PPFA is a money-making machine. In the last reporting year Planned Parenthood’s revenue was $1.66 billion. PPFA has total net assets of $1.88 billion. How much excess revenue over expenses last year? A whopping$244.8 million.
But those numbers are a product of a different time when Planned Parenthood enjoyed an (unearned) unsullied reputation. Now employees are leaving, presidents are being canned, PPFA is being sued successfully, and stories, like Mayra Rodriguez’s, are beginning to gradually become public.
A very dangerous time for the unborn child’s most dangerous enemy.