Nearly 25 years ago, Sue Thayer was employed by an Iowa-based Planned Parenthood of the Heartland facility as an entry-level assistant, and soon promoted to an office management position, according to Alliance Defending Freedom.
This position she maintained for 18 years. Her job description included family counseling and staff, medical record and financial oversight duties.
“For 17 years, I believed the big lie – the lie that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain, was all about protecting women’s health,” Thayer told the Washington Times. “Not about abortion, but about “preventing the need for abortion.”
The insights gleaned from these duties led to discord between Thayer and her employer, ultimately climaxing in a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood. Thayer has since left the abortion group.
She recently wrote an editorial in the Morning Consult to share the grim insights she gained working in management for the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“While taking the lives of nearly 1,000 unborn children every day, Planned Parenthood quietly receives more than half a billion dollars every year from the federal government,” Thayer wrote.
“Planned Parenthood boasts assets of $1.3 billion — not exactly the figure that comes to mind when thinking ‘nonprofit.’ What, you may wonder, does the leader of the top abortion provider in the country make? Cecile Richards makes $600,000 per year — 11 times more than the average American household whose tax dollars fund her paycheck,” she continued.
Recent IRS documents reveal the Planned Parenthood CEO’s salary now is close to $1 million per year.
Thayer cited the 329,000-plus annual abortions at an average cost of $450 each, as stated in Planned Parenthood’s 2009-2010 annual report. According to Thayer, this represented $148 million in revenue, estimated to be 46 percent of the company’s annual profits.
In addition to being a black hole for taxpayer dollars, Thayer pointed out Planned Parenthood’s lack of medical oversight.
“As taxpayers, the return for their significant investment in Planned Parenthood is incredibly low. Aside from the thousands of abortions, let’s take a look at what they offer their patients. Most clients are not seen by a medical doctor, a nurse clinician or even a nurse. Birth control supplies, pregnancy tests, even webcam abortions are given without the client ever seeing a physician. In rural centers — like the two I managed — there is rarely, if ever, a doctor even in the building.”
Webcam, or telemed abortions, are performed using a web camera. In these procedures, a woman never sees a doctor in person before receiving abortion drugs to abort her unborn child.
Thayer further reflected: “Planned Parenthood advertises that services and supplies are free, but when Medicaid-eligible women are served, it is expected they donate fifty percent of the total cost for the visit. As a center manager, I was required to tell patients the full cost of the visit and say, ‘An expected donation is 50 percent. How would you like to pay that?’”
She continued: “Planned Parenthood receives $542,000,000 in federal funding, yet asks women who live at or below the poverty line, who depend on federally-funded healthcare to make a donation — proof that Planned Parenthood is much more concerned about its bottom line than women in need.”
As Thayer wrote in her editorial in the Washington Times: “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.”
Thayer concluded: “The evidence is even more convincing considering that Planned Parenthood has issued a mandate stating that each of its affiliates must have at least one clinic offering abortion services by 2013. Clinics that provide abortions are given ‘abortion quotas’ to be reached each month. Planned Parenthood is run as a business, and they’ll do whatever it takes to ensure business is booming.”