Our day was brightened here at American Life League when we received word that Planned Parenthood Federation of America is dramatically cutting staff at its national headquarters. After all, defense of innocent human life is why we have worked unceasingly and tirelessly to expose Planned Parenthood for 44 years!
Any day that Planned Parenthood starts cutting staff is a good day. Cutting staff means cutting Planned Parenthood’s reach. It also means Planned Parenthood is financially pressed. All that spells more internal unrest. And internal unrest leads to collapse. Now Planned Parenthood Federation of America—already rife with internal stress—is dramatically cutting staff in its national office. Up to 100 of its 725-750 employees will be laid off, according to the Associated Press.
Planned Parenthood’s union is not happy, complaining that PP leadership is “pushing out some of our movement’s brightest minds . . . at a time where reproductive freedom is in jeopardy and when our members are struggling under difficult economic conditions.”
On the flip side, however, Planned Parenthood’s plan, according to an NPR report, is to send $70 million plus to its affiliates that operate regional centers around the nation. In part, this is to increase their ability to reach clients through telehealth—one of Planned Parenthood’s most effective workarounds in states that have abortion restrictions—and ramp up the local, state, and national fights for abortion access. PPFA, an admittedly racist organization, will also fund a project currently underway targeting black women with abortion and birth control, in the name of reproductive health equity.
Joining PPFA in the national-staff-cuts-for-affiliate-funding endeavor is its political arm—Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Both arms are headed by Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
In a statement, McGill Johnson said, “PPFA and the Action Fund are expanding direct investment in the 49 independent Planned Parenthood affiliates across all 50 states and D.C.—so that they can continue to provide high-quality health care [read ‘abortion and birth control’] and education [read ‘propaganda’] to more patients in the communities they serve; increase access to abortion care [sic]; and build a powerful movement for abortion access at the local and state level.”
She elaborates that political spending will be added on top of the other multi-million-dollar projects.
It seems a bit off the wall that PPFA is ostensibly cutting up to 100 staff members from the national office to bankroll the projects over a several year period to “help” its 49 affiliates (which CEO Alexis McGill Johnson says are not struggling financially), when according to its latest annual government filing the Planned Parenthood Federation of America national office reports it brought in $663 million in revenue in 2021-22. Johnson describes the rechanneling of the axed employees’ paychecks as a change in focus for Planned Parenthood.
PPFA appears to have reached a juncture where it is willing to sacrifice some of its highly compensated employees to pour millions more into sidestepping abortion restrictions and building its political machine in the states, where the fight to determine abortion restrictions now rages, causing even more internal unrest for the abortion mogul.
Our most recent research here at STOPP shows that the average annual compensation for a Planned Parenthood Federation of America top executive in the national office is $421,713, which places them in the top 98th percentile of US wage earners.
That’s a stark contrast to PP’s targeted poverty-stricken clientele that report, according to Planned Parenthood, that “70% live with incomes at or below 150% of poverty level, the equivalent of $39,300 a year for a family of four.”
The national office of Planned Parenthood where the staff cuts are being made does not run medical clinics—it provides a network for its affiliates that are all required to commit abortions. PPFA’s latest annual report shows that it committed 1,025 abortions per day in 2021-22.
In light of the killing, the ridiculous disparity in the average American’s ability to support itself financially, and the relentless, racist advance of the overfunded, overblown political machine so carelessly called “Planned Parenthood”—the machine that daily targets these devastatingly poor families for monetary and political gain—American Life League calls once again on Congress to remove Planned Parenthood’s “charitable organization” status and stop funding its destructive business that does the absolute opposite of helping families.
While Alexis McGill Johnson is ever so busy directing PPFA-the-abortion-machine with one hand, and PP-Action-Fund-the-political-machine with the other hand, families are literally being blown out of existence by the exhaust generated from the “power” she is building across this nation.
Enough is enough. It is time to put on the brakes and STOPP Planned Parenthood.
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