A video released by Live Action, a pro-life group, shows two formed Planned Parenthood clinic managers says that the group “herded women like cattle” in order to see more patients.
Live Action’s goal in their latest series titled “Abortion Corporation” is to show how Planned Parenthood prioritizes numbers over quality health services.
One former Planned Parenthood manager in Sherman, Texas, Ramona Treviño, said that “Planned Parenthood treated women like cattle.”
She continued to explain that staff was told to reduce time spent with new patients. To Treviño, this meant not being able to fully explain how to use the chosen contraceptive methods and there would be less time explaining how these methods are harmful to the women. Treviño explained, because if the contraceptives failed, “a young girl could become pregnant, and the next option for her is abortion.”
“You go in with the perception that Planned Parenthood is there to help women in any situation, not just when they’re wanting an abortion. … I really went in believing we were just like a gynecologist, then you realize, as time goes by, that you’re not,” she continued.
“There was no prenatal care, there was nothing we could offer women who were pregnant.”
A second former Planned Parenthood employee in Storm Lake, Iowa, Sue Thayer, offered a similar statement, saying that women were “herded through” the clinic to see more patients.
“Over the years I worked there, the mission statement came down,” Thayer added. “Up went abortion goals and all the other goals we were required to meet. The nurse practitioner that had been there four days a week was now there two hours a week, but we were still seeing the same amount of clients. It felt wrong.”
“It is definitely not someplace that I would want to see my daughters go,” Thayer said.
“I wouldn’t want them to have care like that,” she added. “I don’t think that’s care; that’s not health care.”
Live Action also previously released a series of videos that show Planned Parenthood employees saying that ultrasounds can only be provided to women having abortions.
House Republicans are responding to the videos by intending that federal funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider be redirected to local women’s healthcare clinics.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), said that the House will “once again seek to defund Planned Parenthood through the reconciliation process – ensuring that taxpayer dollars are allocated to clinics that protect life and provide a better standard of care for American women.”
Redirecting these funds has been an important goal and ongoing issue for pro-life groups who hope to see the House take action on this issue in 2017.