By Dave Andrusko
I was going to write about this earlier in the week—the “We Love Abortion” meme posted 18 consecutive times by the Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood affiliate— but it turns out it was better to wait.
Not to belabor the obvious—obvious, that is, to anyone not employed by an organization whose collective membership snuffs out the lives of 340,000 babies a year—but to joyfully announce that you LOVE abortion? Isn’t that not just a step too far, but several miles over the edge?
When I went back to take a second look today, I saw this oblique reference to “PPPA’s social pages have been quiet the past few weeks, and we wanted to share an important update from the organization. #THREAD.”
So I clicked it on, and guess what I saw, dated December 21?
During PPPA’s social break, we had a change in leadership which resulted in the resignation of the Executive Director and a change in the Board Chair.
Preceded by these three tweets:
PPPA is committed to making our organization a safer and more equitable working environment for all employees. PPPA is committed to directly addressing its own internal and structural racism within the organization at all levels.
The PPPA staff is the core of what we do and we must hold ourselves to high standards. We are all responsible for calling out white supremacy, whether it’s expressed explicitly or through silent complicity.
We intend to continue to hold our leadership and ourselves accountable to dismantling white supremacy within ourselves, our organization, and in our community.
Ring a bell? This is precisely what happened last year in another major Planned Parenthood affiliate.
In July, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, PPFA’s largest affiliate, told the New York Times it would be removing the name of Margaret Sanger, the organization’s founder, from the group’s Manhattan clinic. As we reported at the time, Melanie Roussell Newman, Senior Vice President of Communications and Culture for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement “Planned Parenthood, like many other organizations that have existed for a century or more, is reckoning with our history, and working to address historical inequities to better serve patients and our mission” [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/nyregion/ny-planned-parenthood-laura-mcquade.html].
That was just the tip of the iceberg. The prior month, the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, after first defending her, then ousted Laura McQuade, its chief executive, who faced “mounting complaints about abusive behavior and unfair treatment of black staff members,” according to the New York Times. As the investigation proceeded, it was learned that staff at McQuade’s former place of employment, heading Planned Parenthood Great Plains, complained of the same abusive behavior.
It’ll be interesting to see if Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania offers a follow up to these tweets buried in its “social pages.”