Planned Parenthood whistleblower wins lawsuit
Mayra Rodriguez believed she was helping women when she reported problems at the Planned Parenthood Arizona facility she ran.
Her superiors didn’t see her that way and fired her in 2017. Rodriguez filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, and last week a jury awarded his $ 3 million in damages.
“I hope my case is a lesson for other workers to show them that the truth will prevail,” Rodriguez said. “I also hope that my case will be a lesson for employers who abuse their power: sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be served.”
After a long career at Planned Parenthood, something started to bother Rodriguez.
Court documents describe how she has seen women experience complications from abortions performed by a particular abortionist. Once, five medical assistants came to Rodriguez and told him that the abortionist had them sign an affidavit saying he had completed the abortion and removed the entire baby before the procedure had even started.
“The medical assistants thought the attestations were premature, wrong and illegal because the abortion surgery had not yet been performed and they were concerned about the quality and thoroughness of the procedures.” mentionned.
Another time, according to Rodriguez, the abortionist falsified a patient record by failing to register an incomplete abortion. After the abortion, a medical assistant called her back to the room because an ultrasound showed parts of the baby still inside the mother. He had to remove the IUD he had inserted, complete the abortion and put the IUD back on. None of these actions appeared on the patient’s chart.
Rodriguez also said a supervisor failed to report an abortion performed on an adult impregnated minor, a violation of state law. She also said the facility left the medicine room unlocked and the door open during office hours.
Planned Parenthood then warned her to shut up – or else.
While Rodriguez was out of town for a week, someone claimed to have found narcotics in his office, said Kristina Hernandez, spokesperson for pro-life group And Then There Were None. Rodriguez said the drugs were not narcotics but drugs that she had not yet transferred to the procurement department for disposal, a common practice. Planned Parenthood fired her the next day.
She then turned to pro-life advocates for help.
Last summer, Rodriguez reached out to Abby Johnson for help. Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood director whose conversion to the pro-life movement is the subject of the film Unexpected. She now runs And Then There Were None, which helps abortion workers who want to leave the industry.
Hernandez told me that Rodriguez has yet to do a public about-face to join the pro-life movement, adding, “She wants to focus on the fact that Planned Parenthood has wronged women and that what they are talking about in the media is the complete opposite of what they do in their clinics. Part of Rodriguez’s motivation for bringing the lawsuit, Hernandez said, was to “clean up his name” of drug use charges. The jury cleared Rodriguez of his wrongdoing and unanimously awarded him the $ 3 million without ever asking for a specific amount.
Rodriguez’s lawyer Tim Casey said the ruling “vindicated what she found and that should help our community to be safer.”
Florida abortionist Harvey Craig Roth could be fined $ 10,000 and attend classes after he executed a surgical abortion on a patient who was scheduled to undergo a medical abortion. The Florida Board of Medicine recommended disciplinary action after hearing state health attorneys say Roth failed to follow protocol to take a break before surgery and make sure he had the right woman and the correct procedure. He sedated the patient and performed the abortion. He later apologized to the woman, but she filed a complaint against him, saying she felt raped.
Roth’s attorneys say the facility, A Woman’s Center in Hollywood, Fla., Initially erased the incident from the patient’s chart, but put it back on file after Roth found out about her withdrawal. The president of the Florida Board of Medicine also called on authorities to alert the state’s health care administration agency to the facility’s alleged deficiencies. –SG
Actress Ashley Bratcher, who played Abby Johnson in the pro-life film Unexpected, is launch a scholarship for women who experience unplanned pregnancies. Bratcher partnered with pro-life group Heartbeat International to create the scholarship and said she wanted to “help empower mothers to pursue their dreams and provide a way for those who chose life to pursue life. their studies. The scholarship will provide $ 5,000 per year to women in need. –SG
After actress Alyssa Milano mentionned if she had not aborted her two children, her life “would be completely lacking in all its great joys”, parents replied on social media with a deluge of cute photos of their children using the hashtag #greatjoys. “These are my great joys … two of which are my joys because someone else hasn’t seen them this way,” wrote a pastor from Knoxville, Tennessee. “My life is over. @Alyssa_Milano I found my #greatjoys, ” wrote another father. –SG
After five years of unconsciousness due to a head trauma, Li Zhihua woke up last year. He turned to his wife and said, “Woman, I love you!” Chinese News reports said Zhang Guihuan had taken care of her husband on a daily basis since his accident in 2013 while riding his scooter to work. She stayed by his side 20 hours a day to feed him, play music and talk to him. “I never thought about giving up,” said Zhang. “As long as he is alive, I will continue to serve him.” –SG