The Lincoln Journal Star highlighted Nebraska’s newest abortion practitioner in an article this week.
Deborah Turner is the new primary abortion and health service provider for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Nebraska, according to the report. She is a former faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Iowa and Medical College of Wisconsin, the report states.
Here’s more from the report:
Turner is a gynecologist who specializes in cancer treatment. She said access to health services for women at critical times in their lives is important. That includes pap smears, mammograms, breast exams, and safe, nonjudgmental abortion care.
She said in taking the job with Planned Parenthood, she was at a point in her life where she was ready to change gears but continue to do meaningful work.
“This is an opportunity to expand on a mission of serving those in need with compassion — the thing that makes practicing medicine worthwhile,” Turner said in a news release.
But abortion is primarily the “care” that Planned Parenthood provides, doing almost one third of all abortions in the U.S. The abortion chain destroys the lives of about 320,000 unborn babies a year. Health care is supposed to heal and comfort, not kill. True care would be providing both the women and their unborn babies with medical care and other forms of support.
Turner’s new employer, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, does not have a glowing reputation.
In April, a Nebraska state audit discovered that the abortion chain appeared to be illegally using taxpayer funds for abortions.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland also currently faces a huge whistle-blower lawsuit from one of its former employees. Former Planned Parenthood director Sue Thayer filed a lawsuit Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, that claims the abortion business submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid.
“No person, no business should view a woman’s body as a profit center, yet that is exactly what Planned Parenthood does,” Thayer wrote in an opinion column for The Des Moines Register in 2015. “As the former director of two Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa, I know first-hand how massive are the profits and how terrible are the costs generated by their predatory practices on women and girls. And all the while, our tax dollars have been helping them do it.”
According to the lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Thayer, Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2002 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network for products and services not legally reimbursable by those programs.
The lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, an affiliate now known as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which includes Nebraska, filed nearly one-half million false claims with Medicaid from which Planned Parenthood received and retained nearly $28 million. If Thayer prevails, Planned Parenthood could be ordered to pay the United States and Iowa as much as $5.5 billion in False Claims Act damages and penalties.
“During my last years working at Planned Parenthood, it became increasingly clear to me that not all of their policies and protocols were completely legal and ethical. After much thought, I contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom,” Thayer said about the lawsuit. “I believe that it is an important piece in the nationwide effort to shed light on the darkness and deception surrounding America’s largest abortion provider – Planned Parenthood.”