Lila Rose, head of the anti-abortion group Live Action, posted a picture purported to be a Planned Parenthood certificate for "exceeding abortion visits" on her Facebook page on Feb. 8 (video below).
Rose also included a caption in which she accused Planned Parenthood of using abortion quotas:
Don't believe Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas? This is an award given to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, CO, from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, for exceeding the number of abortions in the first half of fiscal year 2013.
As our new investigative video reveals, the abortion chain does not have quotas for prenatal care or adoptions, but it certainly has sales goals for abortions, their chief money-maker.
Rose linked to a video where she asked former Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer about "abortion quotas."
Thayer said that Planned Parenthood clinics "had a goal for how many abortions were done," but then added that she worked at a family planning clinic that didn't perform abortions, but "had a goal for the number of abortion referrals."
In 2013, The Catholic World Report noted that Thayer worked for 17 years at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa, even though she opposed abortion.
In 2008, Thayer's clinic started doing tele-abortions in which a doctor remotely views a woman's test results, determines if she is eligible for an abortion and uses an electronic signal to open a drawer containing a prescription drug that the woman chooses to take to end her pregnancy.
"I told them it was a stupid idea," Thayer recalled. "They fired me. They said they were downsizing. I was relieved."
Thayer, who described herself as a "born-again Christian," added: "It’s all about money. Each Planned Parenthood center has a goal of how many abortions they do each week. When I started, I thought Planned Parenthood helped women. Now I see it’s just a business."
On the video, Thayer said that when women could not afford to pay their bills for examinations, she and her staff would encourage those women to set up an appointment for an abortion, which presumably added to the unpaid bill.
Thayer said some of the rewards for reaching goals included staff pizza parties, and invites to Des Moines, Iowa, to have lunch with Planned Parenthood executives. Thayer confirmed that pizza was a strong motivator.
Planned Parenthood states on its website that Thayer filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood in Iowa in 2011 that claimed Medicaid fraud -- false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements -- from 2002 to 2009. The lawsuit was reportedly dismissed in 2012, reinstated in 2014 and dismissed again in 2014.
Marianne Anderson, a former Planned Parenthood employee, told Rose on the video that she felt like a salesperson for abortions. Anderson said she was regularly told there was a "quota to meet."
Anderson recalled how she was told to answer the phone within three rings or the call would transfer over to the manager's office, which the manager did not like. Catholic News Service reports Anderson was fired from Planned Parenthood in 2012 and has since worked with anti-abortion groups.
Planned Parenthood responded to the image, which Rose first posted on Facebook in 2014, when it was making the rounds on social media:
First, and plainly, Planned Parenthood does not have "quotas" for any of our services...
The baseless claim that Planned Parenthood has "abortion quotas" is just the latest in a long line of attacks that are really about perpetuating stigma and judgment. Women have abortions for all kinds of reasons, after careful consideration and with full information and counseling.
They have a right not just to make that decision themselves, but to have access to services in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment. So, no, we don’t have quotas. And, yes, we absolutely do celebrate our progress in ensuring that more people have access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. And we always will.
A Planned Parenthood spokesperson recently told the fact checking website Snopes that the health organization does not have "quotas" for abortions or other services. An unidentified longtime Planned Parenthood employee told Snopes that she had never heard of any quotas.