Two new lawsuits against Planned Parenthood
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-11-20

News of two new lawsuits against Planned Parenthood, one from a former employee and the other from a PP customer, has reached our desk.

1. A former employee sues Planned Parenthood, alleging retaliation for speaking up about harassment.

A former fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has filed a suit alleging the organization mishandled a sexual harassment and assault claim brought by another employee, and then fired her when she repeatedly expressed her concerns about it.

According to news reports, Elizabeth Winchester says she was fired in late 2018 after she twice complained to her supervisor and CEO Stacy Cross about how they were handling a harassment and assault complaint. Winchester says Planned Parenthood issued her a “final written warning for alleged professional misconduct” after her second complaint, which she made on October 24, 2018, and that her subsequent firing was in retaliation.

Winchester also alleges Planned Parenthood Mar Monte violated state labor codes, requiring her to work extra hours without paying her overtime and failing to provide her both required rest breaks and required meal breaks. The suit also claims that upon her firing, Planned Parenthood failed to pay her all past due wages.

The case will make a first appearance in court for a case management conference on February 11, 2020.

2. The following article about a patient suing Planned Parenthood for medical malpractice was written by Cheryl Sullenger and reprinted here with her permission. 

Chicago, IL: According to documents and a 911 recording obtained by the Pro-Life Action League, a previously unknown medical emergency at the Near North Planned Parenthood in Chicago, Illinois, has resulted in a medical malpractice case filed by a woman who fell and broke her neck after a medical procedure.

On May 2, 2019, Morgan Castro sued Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, abortionist Amy Whitaker, and other clinic employees for damages in excess of $50,000 due to serious injuries she suffered during an appointment for insertion of a intrauterine contraception (IUC).

Castro reported to the Near North Planned Parenthood on May 24, 2018, for the IUC procedure. Castro’s complaint stated that she was informed by Planned Parenthood workers that after the procedure she might become dizzy or experience cramping. Castro did in fact become dizzy and informed a Planned Parenthood worker. Castro was alone

and unmonitored when she lost consciousness and fell off a table. A Planned Parenthood employee later discovered her on the floor and called for an ambulance.

Once at Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital, an MRI revealed fractures to two vertebrae in Castro’s neck. Due to her severe injuries, she was transferred to Presence Resurrection Hospital where she was fitted with a Halo brace to stabilize her neck.

Planned Parenthood has been accused of negligence for failing to monitor Castro, failing to recognize and treat her dizziness, and failing to prevent her from falling off the table.

Operation Rescue has documented, with the help of the Pro-Life Action League, 19 medical emergencies at the Near North Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood loves to tell everyone what great healthcare they provide and how caring they are – ‘no matter what.’  But that is just public relations spin. In truth, they should change their motto to ‘Negligence – no matter what,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “If the general public knew all we have learned about Planned Parenthood through our research monitoring life-threatening abortion facility medical emergencies, failed inspection reports, and heartbreaking malpractice/wrongful death suits, Planned Parenthood would have no customers left!”

Unfortunately, you do not read about these lawsuits in most of the major media. That’s why the Wednesday STOPP Reportkeeps you updated as we find things out through our sources.

A final word: As we were preparing this WSR, word broke that Planned Parenthood won its civil lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress and its founders and researchers. Given the biased judge, this was not unexpected. All the defendants will be filing appeals and the lawyers are optimistic. We’ll bring you more details in the upcoming issues of the WSR.