Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood staffer from Storm Lake, Iowa, wrote an opinion column that appeared in the Washington Times last week about how she was fired from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. She said the firing, which took place last year, came when she refused to put making money ahead of women’s health interests.
Thayer said the Planned Parenthood practice of telemed abortions is ultimately what led to her letting go. So-called webcam abortions are when Planned Parenthood violates FDA guidelines and prevents women from having an in-person meeting with the abortion practitioner prior to getting and using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed dozens of women worldwide and injured thousands in the United States alone.
Instead, women are given instructions via video conference — something Thayer objected to as a Planned Parenthood director, as she explains:
Telemed abortion is the practice by which an abortion doctor from a remote location simply presses a button, which opens a drawer containing the dangerous abortion pill, after a brief teleconference call with the woman.
Telemed abortion doesn’t only result in the death of an unborn child; it strips women of their dignity by denying them the courtesy of an in-person visit from a doctor concerned for their health and well-being. It risks their lives by sending them away with no support and a drug that has led to massive bleeding and hemorrhaging, infection and even death.
So what does Planned Parenthood, the “trusted friend of women,” love so much about telemed abortions? Low overhead costs.
My superiors justified telemed abortions, lauding the financial benefits of not having to worry about or pay for specialized equipment, staff and a traveling physician – all required with surgical abortions.
When I expressed my concerns, I was “let go,” supposedly because of “downsizing.”
The final veil had been lifted and Planned Parenthood’s big lie was exposed: Planned Parenthood is not about helping women access health care. Instead, it is about making money. And abortion is its moneymaker. Telemed abortion is its mega moneymaker.
According to their own recently released 2009-10 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed more than 329,000 abortions. Conservatively estimating that each abortion cost $450, abortion services brought in $148 million of Planned Parenthood’s overall $320 million in clinic revenue, representing 46 percent of its operating budget.