Planned Parenthood Mtg on Overbilling Govt: “We Won’t Get Caught”

Opinion   |   Abby Johnson   |   Jun 8, 2012   |   1:26PM   |   Washington, DC

An Open Letter to Clinic Workers:

I remember the meeting like it was yesterday. All of the clinic directors assembled in the main conference room. Sitting in a sort of squared-circle facing each other.

We were being told that we had all been guilty of fraudulent billing to the state and federal government. We didn’t even know that we had been participating in the fraud. We were all sitting there in silence. What did this mean? Were we in trouble? Could we potentially get in trouble? So, I broke the silence. I simply asked, “What are we going to do about the money we shouldn’t have received?” The response, “We are going to hope we don’t get caught.” But…”What if we do get caught? Can we be held responsible?” She then went into a long story about a similar situation she had once been in at a clinic where she once worked. The moral of the story was, yes, we could all be held responsible…but not to worry, “we” wouldn’t get caught.

A couple years later, I left Planned Parenthood. I talked to several attorneys about that meeting. I knew what I had been involved in was wrong, and I knew Planned Parenthood needed to be held accountable. That meeting had nothing to do with pro-life or pro-choice issues; this was about our tax dollars and fiscal responsibility. So, I decided to come forward with the information I knew and am now involved in a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood.

I often think about the people I worked with at Planned Parenthood. When this case goes to court, can they be held accountable? Yes. Can they be put in jail for this fraudulent activity? Yes. Is that a scary thought? Absolutely.

When I look back, I realize just how shocking and disrespectful Planned Parenthood was. You can e how much they value their personnel. “We are going to hope we don’t get caught”…but if we do, we will throw you under the bus instead of correcting our mistake.

So, maybe you are currently a clinic worker. Maybe you are aware of fraudulent activity taking place at your facility. Maybe it is happening and you don’t even know about it. We just recently saw videos exposed by Live Action that show clinic workers knowingly breaking the law. Has that been you? Can you really trust your employer, the abortion industry? This is the same industry that has multiple lawsuits pending (all brought on by former clinic workers) that allege fraud. This is the same industry that is currently under Congressional investigation because of suspected misdeeds. This is the same industry that has been caught again and again by Live Action and other groups breaking the law and deliberately lying to patients. These are the people you trust? You think they are loyal to you? Think again. Just months before I left Planned Parenthood, I had received their “Employee of the Year” award. Three weeks after I left, I was sitting in a court fighting against the people I once called my closest friends. You’ve heard the saying, “There is no honor among thieves.” Well, there is even less honor in the abortion industry.

You may hear things from your supervisors like, “Oh, those Live Action videos are a hoax.” Why don’t you check it out for yourself? We always post unedited video on our site, If they are indeed a “hoax” then why do these clinics always fire the employees involved in the videos? I understand tolerance and acceptance, but those two things do not require law breaking…which is what we see over and over again. I remember watching one video…I heard the clinic workers say, “We don’t judge here. We accept people from all walks of life.” I could almost hear my voice making that statement. The clinic worker was reassuring a pimp and a prostitute that their illegal sex trafficking ring was “safe” with Planned Parenthood. You see what we have done? We have forgotten who we are working to protect. We have allowed the idea of “tolerance” to cloud our judgment of right and wrong. I suspect you have run into similar situations at your clinic…I know I did. Did you brush them off under the idea that ‘you are a tolerant person’ or did you do the right thing and stand up against what you saw? I bet you let “tolerance” and “acceptance” get the best of you.

Are you willing to take the fall for your job? Are you willing to go to prison for this industry? If not, then we can help. You don’t have to feel trapped. There is a way out and it is called “And Then There Were None.” It is an organization to help you leave the abortion industry. We provide 4 streams of assistance.

– Up to three months of financial support after a worker resigns and help with job placement
Emotional support during the transition time
– A spiritual advisor of the former worker’s choosing
– Free legal counsel to protect the worker’s interests during transition

There is no reason to stay in the abortion field if you want out…and we have a strong desire to help you. You deserve better than the abortion industry. You deserve to work somewhere where you are valued and respected. Let us help.