Fmr Planned Parenthood Manager Says PP Views Women's Bodies as 'Profit Centers'

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Oct 10, 2015 8:48 AM
Fmr Planned Parenthood Manager Says PP Views Women's Bodies as 'Profit Centers'

At the House Judiciary Committee’s second hearing into the suspicious practices of Planned Parenthood, one former employee made some very serious accusations about the organization that claims to serve women’s health.

Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager, shared a testimony that proved the organization often considers money a higher priority than patients’ wellbeing:

“No business, certainly no healthcare clinic, should view a woman’s body as a profit center, yet that is exactly what Planned Parenthood does,” Thayer said.

She had personal anecdotes to prove it:

One of the first times that I saw the truth about Planned Parenthood was in 2002 when a recycling center in my small Iowa town discovered the remains of a newborn child. The Sheriff came to my clinic, seeking records of women who may have been the mother of this child who was born alive and killed. This was not an abortion. It was a murder investigation. So, maybe naively, I thought Planned Parenthood would want to cooperate. Instead, Planned Parenthood leadership saw this as a fundraising opportunity.

Thayer also related that Planned Parenthood had filed false claims with Medicaid, including coercing patient “donations.” Most disturbingly, Thayer said Planned Parenthood was billing Medicaid for abortion services:

I also know that Planned Parenthood would bill Medicaid for abortion-related services – ultrasounds, office visits, blood tests, medications, and other services that were part of an abortion.

This final revelation is a very serious one, considering Planned Parenthood has repeatedly claimed it does not use tax dollars for abortions.

When Thayer voiced her concerns over Planned Parenthood’s practices, she said she was “forced out.”

Thayer's testimony was very different from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards' stale talking points on the hill last week, where she failed to convince the panel that her organization still deserves $500 million federal dollars a year.

For a real testimony, read Ms. Thayer's powerful statement here.