WASHINGTON — A former manager at a Planned Parenthood facility in Iowa gave testimony on Thursday against the abortion giant, stating that the organization is “is more concerned about its bottom line than it is about the health and safety of women.”
Sue Thayer, a mother of six who has fostered over 100 children, worked at Planned Parenthood for 17 years. She first managed Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s Storm Lake facility, and then went on to manage the LaMars facility—that is until being fired by the organization in 2008 after expressing concern. Thayer then became a whistleblower.
On Thursday, Thayer shared her story before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, along with former abortionist Anthony Levatino.
“As an adoptive parent of three children and a foster mother of 130, I did not fit well into Planned Parenthood’s corporate culture. But I believed the message that by working at Planned Parenthood I could help reduce abortion and serve women,” she told those gathered. “I was wrong.”
Thayer said that she thought working at Planned Parenthood was fine in her case since her locations did not perform abortions, but in 2007, her organization implemented webcam abortions.
“The plan was to make every Iowa clinic into an abortion clinic by having a doctor in a remote location talk to the woman by video,” she explained. “They solved the problem of needing to determine gestational age of the unborn child by having non-medical staff perform … ultrasounds with minimal training. In response to our concerns, the project manager, Todd Buhacker, told us, ‘If you are breathing, you can do this. It helps if you’ve played a video game. It’s just like running a joystick.'”
“We were told to tell women who experienced complications at home to report to the ER and just say they were having a miscarriage,” Thayer continued. “This avoided attention from the local medical community when we would be outsourcing complications to others.”
But the former Planned Parenthood manager’s concerns were not limited to webcam abortions. She said that she personally witnessed the organization using Medicaid funds for abortions and over-reporting costs of contraceptives to fraudulently making money off taxpayer funds.
“Planned Parenthood has a negotiated price of $2.98 per cycle of birth control pills. But in Iowa and many other states they are allowed to bill Medicaid at the high rate of $35, receiving over $26 in reimbursement every month,” Thayer explained. “This made birth control a high profit margin item for us and we were required to increase birth control billings.”
“Because I had access to the billing system for the whole affiliate, I also know that Planned Parenthood would bill Medicaid for abortion-related services – ultrasounds, office visits, blood tests, medications, and other services that were part of an abortion,” she continued. “These types of Planned Parenthood Medicaid billings for abortion-related services have also been found by government auditors in New York and Washington.”
Even so, Thayer said, the organization asked women—even those in poverty—to pay part of their bill, but then wrote it off as a donation since Medicaid covered the entirety of the charges.
“We were … told to ask, ‘How much are you planning to pay today? Will that be cash or credit?’ Nearly all clients made some payment of $10 or more either during a visit or later by mail. Planned Parenthood counted those payments as voluntary donations and billed the full amount to Medicaid,” she outlined.
Thayer, who has since filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, stated that although the organization is considered non-profit, it has generated over $700 million in excess revenue and its leaders live lavishly because of it.
“I started working at Planned Parenthood believing that I could serve young women and make their lives better. Over nearly two decades inside Planned Parenthood, I learned that was a lie,” she said. “Planned Parenthood is more concerned about its bottom line than it is about the health and safety of women.”