And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a pro-life organization dedicated to helping abortion clinic employees leave the abortion industry, released a video Tuesday featuring the stories of four former abortion clinic workers that provided some insight into how the industry and Planned Parenthood approaches healthcare.
Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Iowa, said that they had “goals for the number of, well, every procedure and product that they sell. So for birth control pills there’s a line, how many you’re supposed to sell in a month, or Depo-provera, same thing, abortion, same thing.”
Thayer also said that in her affiliate “an adoption referral was if a woman picked up that envelope, that bag and it had a pamphlet in there about adoption, that counted as an adoption referral.”
“In all my years there, not in any of the 17 centers all across Iowa did we have an adoption, not once,” she added.
A striking claim, given that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed last year in an interview that “we do a record number of adoption referrals here in Iowa.”
Shelley Guillory, a former abortion clinic nurse at Delta Clinic/Women’s Health Louisiana, spoke about how aggressive the tactics were at her clinic.
“If someone called our clinic and said they needed a pregnancy test it didn’t matter what time of the evening, what time of the day it was, someone went into that clinic and gave her that pregnancy test,” she said, “if that pregnancy test was positive, the following morning she was scheduled to come in for counseling. We didn’t tell her we were scheduling for her in to come and get an abortion, but when she came in that morning, she was scheduled for an abortion.”
“They are not interested in other alternatives,” she emphasized, “they have one agenda and that’s to end a pregnancy.”
Monica Leal Cline, a former HIV Health Educator and Title X Training Manager for Planned Parenthood, spoke about the ways Planned Parenthood got around parental involvement requirements.
“Parental involvement to Planned Parenthood is one pamphlet in the lobby that says, ‘Parental Involvement,’” she said, “and they would tell me themselves, ‘Parents are a barrier to service. We don’t want parents involved.’”
She added that for STD info they would “give me CDC pamphlets on STDs, to study it, and to just learn to talk to the community about it. They are not trained by some medical staffer, they don’t have a medical degree of any kind.”
“Planned Parenthood, again, is very aggressive,” she concluded. “They are a sales team. They want to make money, and they want as many customers as possible.”
Annette Lancaster, a former abortion center manager at Planned Parenthood in North Carolina, said they “never gave parents or the patient any time to read the forms.”
“The whole options counseling, it should have taken at least an hour to 90 minutes, and we would get the whole thing done in about 15 minutes,” she said.