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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Planned Parenthood (PP) has announced the firing of its New York City president and CEO after complaints of financial mismanagement, racism and abuse of staff.
Laura McQuade was given her walking papers by the abortion giant on Monday, after a rash of complaints by current and former PP employees.
McQuade had led Planned Parenthood Greater New York City since 2017, after heading the Planned Parenthood Great Plains facility, located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Last week, the board of the New York affiliate issued an apology for certain institutional failures, but said that it "fully supports the work and leadership of Laura McQuade and her team and commits to continuing the transformation that will make us a stronger, more equitable organization for our staff and communities."
By Monday, however, the Kansas City Star was reporting:
The former CEO of Planned Parenthood's Kansas City-area office has stepped down as head of the abortion provider's largest affiliate following allegations of abusive behavior and systemic racism from current and former staff.
The board of Planned Parenthood Greater New York announced Monday to staff members that it had "parted ways" with president and CEO Laura McQuade, according to an internal memo obtained by The Star. Before taking the reins of the New York office, McQuade had led Planned Parenthood Great Plains from July 2014 through August 2017.
"We will be moving fast to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership to move our organization forward in this challenging moment," the memo said. "Our highest priority is to best serve our patients and to ensure our employees feel valued."
McQuade's exit follows open letters signed by current and former staff in both New York and Kansas City.
According to the New York letter, "Dozens of staff members have witnessed McQuade yell, berate, slam her fists, verbally abuse, humiliate and bully employees, often brutally shaming staff members in internal meetings in front of their colleagues."
The Kansas City letter made clear staff had observed identical behavior during McQuade's three-year tenure at Planned Parenthood Great Plains and called for her immediate termination.
Many pro-lifers say it's not surprising that at Planned Parenthood, human life is treated with disrespect, racist attitudes exist and financial greed is present. They note that this trifold corruption is consistent within the tradition of the abortion giant.
According to Planned Parenthood's most recent annual report for 2018–2019, the organization committed 345,672 abortions in the United States in fiscal year 2018. This means 1,768 babies every single day in the United States are terminated by Planned Parenthood alone. The group has committed roughly 3 million abortions since 2011 — 38% of all surgical abortions in the country.
Birth control does not mean contraception indiscriminately practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.
Sanger was not clear on exactly who she meant by "defective stocks" and "human weeds." But in a letter dated Dec. 10, 1939, Sanger explained the nature of her organization's outreach to the African-American community: "The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Pro-life advocates often point out that any person or organization that would take blood money for killing the innocent would be, at best, unreliable on financial management and integrity.