New York City, N.Y., Jan 2, 2019 / 15:33 pm
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is frequently under fire from pro-life politicians and organizations for being the largest single provider of abortion in the United States.
But last month, the company faced harsh criticism from among its own staff.
Numerous employees at varying levels of Planned Parenthood throughout the U.S. said they have faced pregnancy discrimination at the company, which claims to have healthcare for women - including prenatal care - as its mission.
In a report last month from the New York Times, several employees shared their experiences of being an expectant mother while working at Planned Parenthood.
Ta’Lisa Hairston, who worked as a medical assistant at a Planned Parenthood in New York, had high blood pressure after becoming pregnant and therefore needed more frequent breaks. Multiple notes from her nurses urging rest and breaks at work were dismissed by her supervisors, she told the New York Times.
“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 told the New York Times. “It made me jealous.”
Hairston resigned from Planned Parenthood in June, after long shifts on her feet and infrequent breaks led to such severe swelling and complications that she had an emergency C-section at 34 weeks of pregnancy.
“I didn’t get into the medical field to be treated like this,” she told the Times.