Another Planned Parenthood leader has been forced to leave the abortion chain amid accusations of racist behavior.
Chris Charbonneau, the former CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana and Kentucky, was accused of saying the “N-word” recently while quoting a donor who used it in a conversation about abortion, the Daily Wire reports.
Last week, after more than 40 years with the nation’s largest abortion chain, she was fired, according to The Post Millennial. Charbonneau once had been described as “legendary” by other abortion activists for her many years of work at Planned Parenthood.
But merely quoting a donor who used the derogatory term for African Americans was enough to spark outrage among other Planned Parenthood employees and prompt calls for her removal, the Daily Wire noted.
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According to the Seattle Times, two other upper-level employees quit in protest of Charbonneau’s allegedly racist remark, including Erika Croxton, former vice president of external affairs for the abortion affiliate.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of an organization that fails to seriously respond to this degree of racism,” Croxton wrote in her resignation letter.
Charbonneau admitted that she did say the N-word but only to quote the donor’s words during a meeting with other Planned Parenthood leaders, according to the newspaper. She said she was surprised to be labeled a racist just for quoting someone else’s words, pointed out that she even said “quote unquote” before repeating the racial slur.
“If I had to do it over again, I would not have used that actual term,” Charbonneau said. However, she said she also “was astonished at the sort of cavalier disregard with which my 40-year commitment was being treated … It was step by step, the dismantling of my credibility.”
Breitbart reports Charbonneau said the donor’s gifts to Planned Parenthood were returned.
In a statement afterward, the board of the Planned Parenthood affiliate said it is committed to providing “equitable care.”
“This is a critical moment for the pursuit and provision of sexual and reproductive health access and care, including abortion,” the statement read. “That is our work and our mission, and it calls us to center equity in all that we do. We are more committed than ever to providing excellent and equitable care, education, and advocacy for our patients and communities, now and into the future, no matter what.”
At least two other Planned Parenthood leaders also left the abortion chain recently after being accused of racism. Laura McQuade, the former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, was accused of racist and abusive behavior by hundreds of employees in 2020 and eventually quit.
A few months later, staff of Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania Advocates published an open letter demanding the resignation of executive director Emily Callen and several board members. Staff accused the leaders of being “fiscally irresponsible,” “openly racist, transphobic or otherwise abusive toward staff and other board members.” Callen later resigned.
A 2018 New York Times investigation also revealed evidence of the abortion chain mistreating and discriminating against its pregnant employees.
Discrimination is at the roots of abortion work. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a well-known eugenicist who wrote and spoke frequently about how certain groups of human beings were less valuable than others. She also spoke to the KKK.
Today, Planned Parenthood aborts about 354,000 unborn babies each year while reporting billion-dollar revenues.