Abby Johnson: Planned Parenthood 'Does Not Value Mothers, Women or Children'
Organization faces pregnancy discrimination claims.
A former Planned Parenthood clinic director who left the organization to become a pro-life activist responded Wednesday on "Fox News @ Night" to a new report alleging the women's health provider discriminated against pregnant employees.
The New York Times says it interviewed more than a dozen current and former employees -- from regional offices in California, Texas, North Carolina and New York -- who said they witnessed allegations of pregnancy discrimination.
Planned Parenthood managers "in some locations declined to hire pregnant job candidates, refused requests by expecting mothers to take breaks and in some cases pushed them out of their jobs after they gave birth," the report stated.
Abby Johnson said she was contacted by the Times reporters to discuss Planned Parenthood's policies and her experience of being pregnant while she was a clinic director. She said the organization does not offer paid maternity leave or paternity leave for employees.
"It's not surprising. Planned Parenthood is not an organization that values mothers, women or children. Of course they're not going to put forward polices that would actually protect women during that vulnerable time after child birth," she said.
Johnson, whose story will be told in a new film, attested that Planned Parenthood "absolutely" will not hire pregnant women and that the organization pressures women into having abortions.
"I was pressured into having an abortion with my first child. ... Women are not a priority to Planned Parenthood," said Johnson, taking issue with the organization failing to lead by example on issues important to pregnant women.
The president of Planned Parenthood said it will investigate the allegations and discrimination is not tolerated.
Johnson was involved in 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive rights, but said she quit in 2009 after she witnessed an abortion on an ultrasound. She now runs a pro-life nonprofit, And Then There Were None, which is devoted to helping women leave the abortion industry.
Watch the full segment above.