Pregnancy Discouraged at Planned Parenthood

Current and former staff at Planned Parenthood—America’s largest provider of reproductive health services—have accused the organization of mistreating expectant employees and discouraging women from getting pregnant, according to a New York Times investigation.

Managers at the organization and at others like it considered pregnancy in hiring choices and denied doctor-recommended rest breaks. Employers viewed pregnant women's needs as “expensive and inconvenient,” the Times found. At the genetic testing company Natera, for example, employees were demoted while on maternity leave.

Planned Parenthood’s newly minted president Leana Wen is “deeply disappointed” by the revelations, according to a statement.

Wen said an internal investigation has been launched, and that the organization is looking into the cost of rolling out official paid maternity leave—which most Planned Parenthood offices don’t currently have. “I believe we must do better than we are now. It's our obligation to do better—for our staff, for their families, and for our patients.”

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