It’s like we’re living in the Upside Down. Planned Parenthood, famous for graciously offering to snip your unborn child from your uterus, is now accused of mistreating women who’ve chosen to give their babies life.
Pretty soon people will accuse Amy Schumer of relying on the same slutty schtick, followed by Tess Holliday’s announcement she’s been diagnosed with diabetes. There’s only so much shock and awe we can take.
From The New York Times:
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.
We’re talking about a company whose mission statement is “Kill the kid.” So how stupid do you have to be to think Planned Parenthood is going to roll out the pink fluffy carpet when an employee goes against corporate policy by not killing the kid?
Some more bloody tidbits:
Most Planned Parenthood offices do not provide paid maternity leave, though many let new mothers take partially paid disability leave.
Yeah, because Planned Parenthood thinks pregnancy and children are diseases.
A former hiring manager at a Planned Parenthood in California said that when internal promotions came up, supervisors openly debated whether candidates were likely to get pregnant in the near future and preferred those who were not. They declined to hire one pregnant woman and to promote one new mother, the employee said. (Under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, it is illegal to consider whether a job candidate is or will become pregnant.)
The New York Times article tries to parlay what Planned Parenthood is accused of doing into a wider national problem of women being sidelined for their family choices. Of course, the tone of the Times article has its own tilt.
We have two problems here. One, Planned Parenthood sells itself as the supporter of a “woman’s right to choose.” Yet in cases where a woman chooses to have a baby, Planned Parenthood is as supportive as a butchered uterus. But the second problem is one we should really discuss: should a company be financially responsible for a parent’s choice to parent? My short answer is no. If a man or a woman decides to take paternity or maternity leave, the company shouldn’t be expected to pay you for a job you’re not doing, for months at a time. If a company wants to offer that perk to attract the best employees, that’s on them. But I don’t think the company should be forced to do so. Where’s their right to choose?
But back to Planned Parenthood looking down on pregnant women. Next we’ll hear vegans are mean to bacon aficionados. Followed by great tales of how liberals compare conservatives to Nazis. Will the surprises never cease?