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Former Planned Parenthood employee: Company offered incentives, 'pizza parties' for meeting quotas

Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa (Image source: YouTube)

The pro-life group Live Action released a new video Tuesday featuring two former Planned Parenthood employees who said that Planned Parenthood requires their clinics to meet monthly sales quotas for abortion procedures or referrals — and there are incentives for achieving those goals.

The video is the latest in Live Action’s “Abortion Corporation” series. Previous videos include footage of Planned Parenthood staffers telling undercover investigators that they cannot offer prenatal care or ultrasounds to women seeking to go through with their pregnancies.

Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, said in the newly released video that every Planned Parenthood clinic that performed abortions “had a goal for how many abortions were done.”

“Centers that didn’t do abortions, like mine that were family planning clinics, had a goal for the number of abortion referrals,” Thayer addedd.

According to Thayer, the numbers were listed on “a big grid” that color-coded whether or not the clinic had met their quota.

“We were really very goal-oriented,” she said, adding that she and her staff would try to schedule pregnant women for an abortion “before they left our clinic.”

“We would say things like, your pregnancy test, your visit today is X number of dollars, how much are you going to be able to pay towards that?” she said:

If they’d say, "I’m not able to pay today," then we would say something like, "Well, if you can’t pay $10 today, how are you going to take care of a baby? Have you priced diapers? Do you know how much it costs to buy a car seat? Where would you go for help? There’s no place in Storm Lake — or whatever town they were in — you know, where you can get help as a pregnant mom. So really, don’t you think your smartest choice is termination? We can take care of that and set it up for you."

Thayer said Planned Parenthood would offer incentives for meeting quotas — such as a few extra vacation hours, lunch with senior management or even “pizza parties.”

“It sounds kind of crazy, but pizza is a motivator,” she said.

Marianne Anderson, a former Planned Parenthood nurse, said in the video that sometimes she felt as if she were a “salesman” to “sell abortions.”

“We were told on a regular basis that ‘you have a quota to meet to keep this clinic open,’” Anderson said.

In a statement, Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, said, “Planned Parenthood doesn’t have quotas for adoptions. It doesn’t have quotas for prenatal care. But quotas for abortions? Absolutely.”

“Planned Parenthood makes a profit off women in the midst of their most difficult experiences and incentivizes its staff to take the lives of children in the womb with pizza parties, paid time off, and lunches with upper management,” Rose said. “It’s time to redirect our tax money toward local health clinics that actually provide real care to women, instead of to Planned Parenthood, a corporation focused on upping its abortion numbers.”

House Republicans have indicated that they will seek to strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood and redirect those funds to community health centers.

The scandal-plagued organization was recently the subject of a congressional investigation by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives following allegations that Planned Parenthood was trafficking aborted fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations.

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment about Live Action's new video.

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