Current and former employees of high-profile pro-abortion advocacy groups in the United States have stepped forward to discuss the toxic work environments they have found themselves subjected to, with “racism” and “pay inequity” among the most common complaints.
BuzzFeed News spoke with “26 employees at Planned Parenthood affiliates and the national office of NARAL, as well as 16 employees of other reproductive rights organizations.” Reporter Ema O’Connor’s interviews with those current and former employees was compiled into a lengthy article, published on Friday.
“At the start of summer, I started seeing people…tweeting some hints about experiencing racism at major reproductive rights organizations,” O’Connor explained in a tweet. “Three months and 42 interviews later, I’ve published this.”
At the start of summer, I started seeing people, including @RBraceySherman, tweeting some hints about experiencing racism at major reproductive rights organizations. Three months and 42 interviews later, I’ve published this: https://t.co/NZjpxpekzI
— Ema O’Connor (@o_ema) August 24, 2020
The article comes just two months after more than 300 current and former employees of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York wrote an open letter calling for the “immediate removal” of CEO Laura McQuade.
“After years of complaints from staff about issues of systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of upward mobility for Black staff, highly-paid consultants were brought in three separate times to assess the situation,” the letter read.
“Each time, employees of color were brutally honest about their experiences, but nothing changed,” the letter added. Ultimately, the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Board of Directors terminated McQuade, whose detractors described her as “a toxic leader and autocrat.”
In the BuzzFeed article, current and former employees of multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates leveled similar allegations against the abortion giant.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley