CEO of Top Pro-Abortion Group Resigns Amid Allegations of Racism, “Toxic Environment”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 18, 2020   |   12:41PM   |   Washington, DC

A second major abortion group has been accused of racism and a toxic work environment this summer by its own employees.

The accusations against the National Organization for Women, or NOW, surfaced recently after Planned Parenthood employees accused the abortion chain of similar mistreatment. These on-going reports add to the evidence that pro-abortion feminist groups do not really value people – not unborn babies, not women and not their own employees.

The New York Daily News reports NOW president Toni Van Pelt announced plans Sunday to resign from the pro-abortion feminist group. Van Pelt said her decision was based on a “very painful health issue” and recommendations by her doctor. She has been in the position since 2017.

However, many believe her resignation is really tied to accusations of a “toxic work environment” and racism, according to the report.

According to the Daily Beast, numerous current and former NOW employees have been calling for Van Pelt’s resignation after the organization conducted an internal investigation into the allegations.

Nearly two dozen staffers and interns accused the pro-abortion feminist leader of racist behavior. In one case, Van Pelt was accused of telling staff that she chose former NOW vice president Gilda Yazzie for the position just because she is Native American, the report states. Yazzie also is suing NOW for racial discrimination, according to the report.

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Here’s more from the report:

Ten minutes after Van Pelt’s resignation email, the same group of NOW leaders received an email saying the internal investigation had uncovered “governance issues and evidence of a toxic work environment.” Allegations of racial discrimination and retaliation, the email said, were not substantiated. …

Florida President Kim Porteous, one of 26 chapter leaders who have called on Van Pelt to step down, said she was thrilled with the news of the president’s resignation but concerned by her explanation.

“To hear that Toni is stepping down for health issues is offensive,” she said. “We cannot move forward with restorative justice by covering up racism or making excuses for people to leave.”

In the past few weeks, dozens of NOW chapters and board members have urged Van Pelt to resign, the report continues.

Christian Nunes, the vice president of NOW, is slated to replace her, the report states.

In June, the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood was rocked by similar accusations. More than 300 current and former staffers accused the CEO of its New York branch of “systemic racism,” “abusive behavior and financial malfeasance.” She later resigned.

In the past few years, Planned Parenthood also has fought against employees’ attempts to unionize as they called for better wages and working conditions. And a 2018 New York Times investigation revealed evidence of the abortion chain mistreating and discriminating against its pregnant employees.

Tennessee Planned Parenthood employees also raised concerns in 2018 about the abortion chain putting money ahead of patients’ well-being. According to the Nashville Scene, their concerns included a potential health hazard: “new management stopped providing doctors with sterile gloves and, staffers say, wanted to use small plastic drinking cups for urine samples.”

Then, in July, another former employee Jessa Crispin published a widely-read Guardian column accusing the abortion chain of being more concerned about money and prestige than women in need.

“Like many major non-profits, Planned Parenthood seems more concerned with hobnobbing with the powerful, paying the CEOs of its regional chapters salaries in the mid-six figures, making symbolic gestures and coming up with a catchy slogan to sell on T-shirts than with providing care for the people who need their services,” Cripsin wrote.

It’s something pro-life advocates have been saying for years, but now these pro-abortion groups’ own employees are saying it, too. Money and power are at the center of leading abortion activists’ priorities, and valuing people is not.