(CNSNews.com) -- Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, has been accused of mistreating and discriminating against its own pregnant workers.
The staunchly pro-abortion giant has been accused by more than a dozen current and former employees “of sidelining, ousting or otherwise handicapping pregnant employees,” according to a story in the New York Times on Thursday.
The Times reported that managers at Planned Parenthood facilities have allegedly declined to hire or promote pregnant women and new mothers; denied pregnant women their doctor-recommended rest breaks; and pressured new moms to return early from maternity leave.
In addition, many employers “saw accommodating expecting mothers as expensive and inconvenient,” and many women felt “afraid to announce a pregnancy at work, sensing they would be seen as abandoning their colleagues.”
If true, these allegations could violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which states that “discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination,” and that “women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work.”
Planned Parenthood lauds itself as “the fearless voice of progress for the rights of women and women’s sexual health care,” and says it “stands for the health of all people, no matter what.”
Apparently, however, that care does not extend to pregnant women who plan to have their babies rather than abort them. Ta’Lisa Hairston quit working at a New York branch reportedly “after managers ignored her health concerns” while she was pregnant with her son, then allegedly “pressured her to shorten her maternity leave.”
The New York Times reported:
“Last winter, Ms. Hairston told the human-resources department for Planned Parenthood’s clinic in White Plains, N.Y., that her high blood pressure was threatening her pregnancy. She sent the department multiple notes from her nurse recommending that she take frequent breaks.
“Managers ignored the notes. They rarely gave her time to rest or to take a lunch break, Ms. Hairston said.
“‘I had to hold back tears talking to pregnant women, telling them to take care of their pregnancies when I couldn’t take care of mine,’ she said.”
President of Live Action Lila Rose said she was glad the New York Times was “finally taking notice” of the organization’s discrimination, adding that Live Action has investigated over 100 of its facilities, in comparison to the newspaper’s dozen interviews.
“Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with parenthood, and everything to do with killing babies,” Rose added. “And if you’re wanting to be a parent, they will discriminate against you.”
The March for Life tweeted, “Once again Planned Parenthood proves it has no interest in parenting.”
Students for Life spokesperson Kristi Hamrick said in a statement that “anyone surprised” by Planned Parenthood’s treatment of pregnant women “hasn’t been paying attention to their business model.”
After Thursday’s article was published, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a statement that she was “deeply disappointed” to hear that her organization was not living up to its “high standards,” and vowed to launch an initiative to “ensure a culture that supports pregnant and parenting staff.”
“A core principle of reproductive health equity is the right to become a parent and raise a family free from fear and discrimination,” Wen wrote.
“At Planned Parenthood, we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment, and we strongly enforce our non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies,” she added.