A former Planned Parenthood director says Planned Parenthood sometimes encourages undocumented immigrants to have abortions by telling them that they will not be reported to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency if they have an abortion.
Mayra Rodriguez, who worked for Planned Parenthood for 16 years, said the organization hired her despite her undocumented status.
"As an undocumented immigrant, Planned Parenthood opened the doors to the American dream," she said of her hiring, which she called the "greatest and the most kind" action.
According to The Christian Post, Rodriguez worked at Planned Parenthood, providing birth control and treatment options for sexually transmitted diseases. She did not work on abortion cases.
She was eventually promoted to abortion director at the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in Arizona.
Last week, Rodriguez, speaking at the Democrats for Life of America's annual conference, told the group that Planned Parenthood workers would tell immigrants that "they're welcome."
"'We won't deport you, we won't call ICE on you. But if you carry your baby and go to the hospital and you live, for example, in Arizona or Ohio or other states where they have very strict anti-undocumented people laws, you may get deported.'"
"So when you have that, what do women think?" she said. "'Oh, I cannot have a child because I might get deported, and I could get separated from my other three kids.'… As an immigrant, I can tell you it is the worst feeling ever to know that you may have to leave this country."
She also said Planned Parenthood was working to legalize abortion in other countries, particularly Latin American ones.
Rodriguez, who now has legal U.S. status, says she was fired in 2017 after she reported unsafe medical practices.
"I noticed all the atrocities. I noticed the irregularities. I noticed the malpractice. I noticed all the stuff the abortionists at Planned Parenthood hide from people. And I complained about it," she told the audience. "That got me fired and got me set up. Yeah, I was accused falsely of having narcotics in my office while I was out of my office."
She filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood in 2019 for wrongful termination under the Whistleblower Protection Act. She won the suit. She now works with the pro-life group Then There Were None.
"We need to stop the business of Planned Parenthood," she said.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.