Planned Parenthood has been ordered to pay a former employee $3 million in damages after firing her for reporting illegal activities and unsafe medical practices at their clinics.
A Maricopa County jury decided Friday that Mayra Rodriguez, who worked for Planned Parenthood for 17 years and at one point oversaw three clinics, was wrongfully fired for reporting that several violations had been committed. These included not reporting the rape of a minor, the falsification of patient records, and incomplete abortions being performed, leaving women at risk of death.
In a statement released Monday by the pro-life group And Then There Were None, Rodriguez said she hopes her lawsuit, Rodriguez v. Planned Parenthood Arizona, “is a lesson to other workers that shows them that the truth will prevail.
“I also hope my case is a lesson to employers who abuse their power: sometimes the underdog wins and justice will be done,” Rodriguez added.
Rodriguez is now involved in And Then There Were None, which focuses on encouraging abortion clinic workers to leave the industry. It was founded and led by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director whose story was depicted in the movie “Unplanned.”
“When Mayra came to And Then There Were None with her incredible story, I felt solidarity with her, having gone through a similar situation when I worked for Planned Parenthood,” Johnson said.
“Standing with her through the trial and rejoicing in the ultimate victory has been amazing.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski