Former Planned Parenthood employee wins $3 million verdict
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-08-21

Another former “Employee of the Year” award recipient at Planned Parenthood is showing the world what Planned Parenthood is all about. Our readers are familiar with Abby Johnson, former PP EOTY, and her book and movie, UNPLANNED.

Now, abc15.com, in Phoenix, reports that Planned Parenthood Arizona will have to pay Mayra Rodriguez, a former director of several of its clinics, $3 million as part of a wrongful termination lawsuit. Rodriguez argued that she was fired in 2017 for voicing concerns about unsafe and illegal practices happening in some of the organization's health centers. A trial jury unanimously agreed with her and awarded the $3 million.

Rodriguez worked as a director for health centers in Phoenix, Glendale, and Flagstaff. She says she voiced her concerns and eventually filed a lawsuit to protect the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for care. "I always thought it could have been my daughter, my niece, my friend's daughter, my friend," said Rodriguez, “I'm not going to let it go."

Rodriguez said she spent 17 years working with Planned Parenthood and was even named "Employee of the Year" in 2016. She was then fired in 2017.

STOPP’s contacts in Arizona filled in some additional details:

Rodriquez accused Planned Parenthood of Arizona in a lawsuit (CV2017 014274) of firing her in retribution for complaining about the abortion doctor and clinics. This includes failure to report surgical complications, falsified affidavits and reports, falsified medical records and failure to report a minor who had an adult sexual partner, and allowing a 19-year-old boyfriend take an underage girl for abortion in violation of Arizona parental consent laws. An Arizona jury sided with Rodriquez who started this process because the women are being injured inside Arizona abortion clinics, and instead of protecting women, Planned Parenthood protected a dangerous doctor.

As more and more Planned Parenthood employees understand the kind of organization for which they are working, information about what really happens behind the walls of PP are becoming better known.