A celebrated researcher with the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute was fired Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women at work.
Dr. Lawrence B. Finer, PhD, was the vice president for domestic research at Guttmacher, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood. According to the pro-abortion blog Rewire, the organization received complaints about Finer earlier this year but only acted on them last week.
“Staff feel that leadership acted quickly in firing Larry Finer only after they knew it was likely to go public,” one anonymous staffer told the blog.
This latest case adds to concerns about wide-spread cover-ups of sexual abuse within the pro-abortion movement. Last week, Indiana pro-life advocates urged state health officials to investigate nine abortion practitioners who reportedly failed to report suspected child sex abuse to authorities. Some of the girls were as young as 12.
A new film expose by Live Action also documents numerous cases where the abortion industry ignored the plight of young abuse victims, took their cash, aborted their unborn babies and sent them back to their abusers without reporting the suspected abuse to authorities.
In the case with Finer, Guttmacher admitted that it should have acted sooner on the complaints.
“There were rumors of inappropriate conduct, and a formal, separate complaint was made against this individual earlier this year,” the pro-abortion organization said in a statement. “While we believed at the time that we had resolved the complaint adequately, we now know that the actions we took were not nearly enough to address the problem.”
Finer allegedly targeted at least four young women at the Guttmacher Institute.
According to the report:
Shortly after receiving the statement from Guttmacher, Rewire.News was contacted by four different women about their experiences with Finer. Two of the women described being “groomed” by Finer for sexual relationships, and referred to his behavior generally as inappropriate and “creepy.” One woman said colleagues told her Finer was known for going after younger women “at work and at conferences” and was well known in the field for focusing attention on younger women just starting out in their careers: flattering, pursuing, and eventually seeking intimate relationships with them.
Guttmacher said it decided to fire Finer after an internal investigation revealed multiple instances of “inappropriate sexual behavior” against current and former employees.
“The Guttmacher Institute has a longstanding commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. But within our own organization, … we have failed to protect our staff as we work toward that guiding principle,” said Board Chair Mary Shallenberger and President and CEO Ann Starrs. “For that, we apologize.”
Finer has worked for the pro-abortion research group since 1998 and served as a member of Planned Parenthood’s external research advisory committee and its national medical committee. His curriculum vitae lists numerous honors and awards for his research.
He is the latest in a growing list of prominent pro-abortion figures who have been accused of sexual harassment or abuse. Others include celebrity chef Mario Batali, disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, former U.S. Sen. Al Franken and former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Earlier this month, members of Congress sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar urging him to investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion business for not properly reporting cases of child rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault.