Ex Staffers Ready to Expose Planned Parenthood to Congress

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 14, 2011   |   11:43AM   |   Washington, DC

Two top pro-life advocates are urging members of Congress to listen to seven former Planned Parenthood staff members who have said they are willing to testify against the abortion business on Capitol Hill.

As LifeNews reported, seven former Planned Parenthood employees have written a letter to a congressman whose committee is conducting an investigation of the Planned Parenthood abortion business and they see the probe is definitely needed.

The seven former employees of affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is under congressional investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer funds, sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, a pro-life Michigan Republican, and Ranking Member Henry Waxman, a pro-abortion California Democrat. The two are the top members from each party on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the letter encourages them and subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the primary lawmaker behind the investigation, to move ahead.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, says Congress should listen to these former abortion clinic workers.

“Few testimonies are as effective at exposing the lies of the abortion industry then those given by former abortion industry employees themselves,” she said. “From former abortionist (and founder of NARAL) Bernard Nathanson to former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, the witness of a former abortion industry employee is powerful.”

Dannenfelser said she is “excited” to see former Planned Parenthood employees — all pro-life converts — ready to take a public stand.

“By now, most of us have heard the incredible conversion story of pro-life activist, Abby Johnson. Abby had already begun to question her work at Planned Parenthood, but it was after watching an ultrasound-guided abortion and seeing the murder of an innocent human being with her own eyes that she quit her job at Planned Parenthood and began to speak out for Life,” she said. “The testimony of Abby and others inspired more former Planned Parenthood employees to come out from the shadows. Catherine Adair, who used to work for Planned Parenthood in Boston is also now an outspoken advocate for unborn children and their mothers. And Dr. Patti Giebink, a former abortionist at Planned Parenthood, now proudly works to protect innocent human life in her home state of South Dakota.”

“These brave women know the truth: Planned Parenthood is an abortion-centered, profit-driven business that sees only dollar signs when vulnerable women walk through their doors. They know it’s time to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and get taxpayers out of the abortion business, which is why they are eager to support the investigation launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns,” she said.

“We must do everything we can to use this appropriate step in congressional oversight to expose Planned Parenthood for what it is: a business centered on abortion and a willing ally to those who seek to exploit vulnerable women,” Dannenfelser added.

Michael Norton of the Alliance Defense Fund, a pro-life legal group, is also encouraged.

“The seven former Planned Parenthood employees told Congressman Stearns that they could “state categorically, from personal experience, that abortion is indeed deployed [by Planned Parenthood] as a means of family planning.” They also expressed to Congressman Stearns that, since Planned Parenthood receives $1 billion or more in a three year period, close governmental oversight is indeed warranted,” he explained.

“Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion allies, including the Obama Administration, are doing all they can to resist Congressman Stearns’ long overdue investigation,” Norton said. “Let the Stearns’ investigation proceed apace.”

Following the September 15, 2011 announcement by Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) that his House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee had launched a massive investigation of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates’ use of federal funding and compliance with federal abortion funding restrictions, Norton said members of the ADF Life Team briefed Congressman Stearns and his staff on the experiences of ADF in identifying waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.

“In addition to other information, ADF advised Congressman Stearns of the 15 federal and state audits which had determined there had been Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments to Planned Parenthood affiliates in excess of $46 million. By all accounts, Planned Parenthood’s primary motivation has been to enhance its profits by taking advantage of “overbilling” opportunities in complex, well-funded, but understaffed federal and state programs,” Norton explained.

In the letter, the employees state: “We have written, spoken about and/or are prepared to testify to incidents we have witnessed in which an employee or affiliate of PPFA failed to:

Properly account for and maintain separation between government funds prohibited from use for elective abortions and those funds derived from other sources that are not subject to such limitations;

Notify parents when a vulnerable girl is seeking an abortion, including instances when the minor girl is the victim of an act of statutory rape under applicable state law;
Provide a woman undergoing an abortion with accurate and relevant information regarding the stage of her pregnancy, including the opportunity to view ultrasound imagery that may have had a profound impact on her decision whether or not to undergo an abortion;

Detect and act upon instances where a girl or woman was brought to the clinic under some degree of coercion, up to and including instances where the girl or woman was subjected to human trafficking and was a victim of crime;

Engage in appropriate financial controls and billing practices to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

The signers of the letter include Catherine Adair, former employee of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts; Dr. Patti Giebink, former abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota; Abby Johnson, former clinic director of Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Bryan, TX; Luis Maldonado, former clinic assistant at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, CA; Sue Thayer, former clinic manager of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa / Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; Ramona Trevino, former clinic manager of Planned Parenthood of North Texas; and Patricia Sandoval, former clinic employee of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in Sacramento, CA.