Feminist Racism: Planned Parenthood CEO Resigns After Staff Say She Engaged in Racist and “Abusive Behavior”

A high-level Planned Parenthood leader lost her job this week after hundreds of employees accused her of racist and abusive behavior.

The Kansas City Star reports Laura McQuade, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and former CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, “parted ways” with the abortion chain as a result of the allegations.

On Monday, the New York affiliate told staff that McQuade is no longer employed at Planned Parenthood, according to the report. She worked as a CEO for the abortion chain for at least six years.

After news broke, the employees thanked everyone who became involved in the effort to remove McQuade.

“While we know that there is still work to do, we are happy for this victory,” they wrote. “The people united will never be defeated.”

Last week, about 300 current and former Planned Parenthood employees signed an open letter accusing McQuade and the abortion chain of “systemic racism,” “abusive behavior and financial malfeasance.”

The employees said they decided to go public after Planned Parenthood leaders did nothing to address the problems. They urged the board to immediately remove McQuade, among other demands.

They accused her of creating “a culture of fear and intimidation,” noting “years of complaints from staff about issues of systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of upward mobility for Black staff,” as well as “dozens of staff members [who] have witnessed McQuade yell, berate, slam her firsts, verbally abuse, humiliate, and bully employees.”

According to The Star, Planned Parenthood Great Plains faced two discrimination lawsuits while McQuade was in charge there. One lawsuit accused her of paying a black employee less and treating her differently than non-black staff. The lawsuit alleged that when the staffer complained, McQuade increased her workload.