Facing accusations from current and former employees that she "has created a culture of fear and intimidation" and one that has fostered "abuse" and "systemic racism," Laura McQuade, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, has been ousted from her position.
Over 300 past and present staffers of the nation's largest abortion provider signed their names to a letter alleging McQuade would "bully" and "humiliate" subordinates, and would often "berate" workers in racially charged confrontations. The employees condemned her for "racism and weaponizing of the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion against staff."
The letter also acknowledged the racist foundations of Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger, and said that McQuade had done little to improve that reputation.
"Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman. That is a part of history that cannot be changed. While efforts have been made to undo some of the harm from institutional racism, many of these issues have worsened under McQuade's tenure. After years of complaints from staff about issues of systemic racism, pay inequity, and lack of upward mobility for Black staff, highly-paid consultants were brought in three separate times to assess the situation. Each time, employees of color were brutally honest about their experiences, but nothing changed."
Announcing McQuade's removal, Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Alexis McGill Johnson assured that racism and abuse "do not align with Planned Parenthood's standards or values."