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Poor Planned Parenthood against those evil, greedy whistleblowers

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Poor Planned Parenthood, with its piddly one billion dollar annual income. It’s just no match for evil, greedy whistleblowers, at least according to pro-abort “reporter” Carolyn Jones at The Guardian:

Whistleblowers are the good guys, right? They cry foul on charlatans and overreaching governments. But what if your urge to disclose is lubricated by the promise of a whopping pile of cash? What if powerful lobby groups are standing by to give you first-rate legal representation? And what if your inside knowledge relates to one of America’s most bitter cultural conflicts?

Well, if the prospect of a hefty legal settlement helps persuade you to the anti-abortion cause, then the US False Claims Act, being used to expensive effect against Planned Parenthood providers, might be the law for you.

Jones disdained the fact that former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast employee Karen Reynolds got a $1.25 million settlement  from the U.S. Obama/Holder Department of Justice, which, Jones did not note, agreed with Reynolds that PPGC committed Medicaid fraud.

No, Planned Parenthood is the underdog, paying off such unmerited lawsuits “rather than endure costly legal battles.”

Nor did Jones like the fact that I promoted Reynolds’ bounty:

And after the size of Reynolds’ bounty became public, influential anti-choice blogger Jill Stanek tweeted every Planned Parenthood affiliate to “tell what u know”. She also endorsed a follower’s tweet that said, “heck, for $1.25 Mil, I’d even tell them what I don’t know”, and she crowed to the ADF that she was trying to drum up business for them.

Commenter ninoinoz nicely summed up all that was wrong with Jones’ piece:

Gosh, I’ve really enjoyed this article.

The Guardian griping against whistleblowers when it’s one of its pet causes being exposed. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, anyone?

Also, considering abortion is only legal it the United States because of a court decision (Roe vs. Wade), it is LOL funny to complain about legal actions launched by your opponents.

I also like the belly-aching about pro-life groups organising and financing legal action. Are you the only ones allowed to do that then?

Finally, to complain about a pro-life activist using social media (Twitter) to seek out fraud is laughable. Are pro-lifers supposed to only use quills and parchment?

The fact is, whistleblowers could bring Planned Parenthood down. So, of course, they must be pretzeled into being the bad guys.

Pro-life news brief 8-5-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Kirsten Powers has a column in the Washington Post on the Delaware Planned Parenthood whistleblowers:

    After [Joyce] Vasikonis and [Jayne] Mitchell-Werbrich aired their complaints at the first state Senate hearing in June, the abortion-rights Web site “RH Reality Check” said that, “The nurses’ allegations have not been substantiated by any other source.” How many sources are needed? What better “source” is there than two abortion-rights nurses who saw it first hand? Vasikonis told me, “I am a liberal, and I have been shocked that liberal Democrats, who I thought had supported women, would turn their backs on women’s health safety just to support abortion rights.”

    Yes, it is sad that the people who are always lecturing us about how they are the only ones who care about women ignored the pleas of their own employees. Until they went public, of course. Makes you wonder how many other clinics are operating like this.

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  • The New York Times is covering the fetal pain legislation in its typical manner today. I did find this quote by Nancy Northup (pictured left) of the Center for Reproductive Rights to be notable:

    The Supreme Court, including Justice Kennedy, has repeatedly affirmed viability as the point at which the state’s interest in protecting life outweighs a woman’s right to control her body, Ms. Northup noted.

    “There is no other line that is workable,” she said. “It is an appropriate line to draw.”

  • Another North Carolina abortion clinic has failed its inspection. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found the clinic wasn’t complying with 23 rules:

    In addition to other findings, the survey found the facility:

    • Failed to maintain anesthesia (nitrous oxide gas) delivery systems in good working condition, with torn masks and tubing held together with tape. This could lead to patients not receiving the intended dosage and risk patients not being fully sedated during surgical procedures, leading to pain and physical harm.

    • Failed to ensure emergency equipment had weekly checks to ensure the equipment was suitable for use in patient care and failed to ensure that emergency medicine wasn’t expired.

    • Failed to have a resuscitator available.

    • Failed to sweep and mop the operating room floor and failed to properly clean operating room beds.

    • Failed to have a director of nursing responsible and accountable for all nursing services.

    • Failed to have an agreement/contract with an anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

    • Failed to have an agreement/contract with a registered pharmacist to assure appropriate methods, procedures and controls for obtaining, dispensing, and administering drugs

    FEMCARE, Inc.’s last inspection was on January 16, 2007, a follow up inspection of a previous survey, which found the clinic in violation of personnel and quality assurance rules.

[Photo via MSNBC.com]

Journalists invited to report editors who spiked Gosnell story

Businessman blowing whistleWe know there are journalists out there infuriated by their employer’s current behavior: The change must start with you.

We are looking for whistleblowers: if you have any information regarding why your employer is not covering the Gosnell trial, please submit it here.

Your anonymity will be protected.

~ PJ Media, encouraging journalists to anonymously blow the whistle if their editors opted to spike the trial coverage of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, April 12

[HT: Ace of Spades]

Massive, systemic Planned Parenthood fraud on brink of exposure?

The backstory, from LifeNews.com, March 12:

Former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director Abby Johnson has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the abortion business claiming its Texas affiliate knowingly sent in about $6 million in false claims to Medicaid and covered up its actions….

The formerly sealed federal “whistleblower” suit… was made public [March 9] and was filed in 2009 by the Alliance Defense Fund on behalf of Johnson….

The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2007 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from the Texas Women’s Health Program for products and services not reimbursable by that program.

Johnson was the third former PP employee to file fraud charges, joining Victor Gonzalez, who filed a complaint against Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in 2008, and Karen Reynolds, who filed a complaint last year against the same affiliate as Johnson, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

Since Johnson’s story broke last week, five former Planned Parenthood employees have contacted her to say they realized after reading details of her lawsuit that they, too, may have unknowingly been involved in defrauding the government.

These were lower level staffers who merely followed instructions when completing paperwork. One worked at a PP in California, and the other four worked in new states other than California or Texas.

When we spoke by phone yesterday, Johnson told me she put the former employees in touch with ADF for follow-up.

The growing body of evidence should help fuel the ongoing congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood as well as aid officials in various states in knowing what to look for when reevaluating past years’ Planned Parenthood invoices. While PP affiliates allegedly involved in fraud my stop, they cannot retract paperwork already submitted for which they have been paid and for which they are liable.

Planned Parenthood employees may be peronally liable

Along with the affiliate and parent organization, PP employees involved in committing fraud may also be personally liable, depending on the level of fraud committed and how much requisite knowledge they had.

I spoke with ADF attorney Mike Norton today about personal liability.

“Current or former employees who have information about potential fraud should speak with an attorney for guidance,” said Norton. “I would be happy to talk to anyone who thinks they have knowledge about fraud committed by Planned Parenthood. I want to make sure they are protected as whistleblowers and help reveal the crime rather than become a bullseye of the investigation.”

Contact Norton at 480-388-8163.

Breaking: Whistleblower alleges Texas Planned Parenthood committed massive Medicaid fraud

A former employee of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has filed a whistleblower’s complaint with both the Texas and United States Attorneys General alleging her management engaged in massive Medicaid fraud.

Karen Reynolds, who worked as a “health care assistant” from 1999 to 2009 at the Lufkin, Texas, branch of the affiliate formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, has submitted company memos and emails to support her charge that PPGC has engaged in a systemwide scheme to bilk Medicaid, Title XX, and the Women’s Health Program of tens of millions of dollars over the course of at least a decade.

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Phill Kline, the man who knows too much, and how he can be saved from martyrdom

We hear about corrupt politics, kangaroo courts, crime cover-ups, and the silencing of Silkwood-type whistleblowers.

In these days of the Internet, new media, and instant exposure, one might think such underhanded tactics would almost be too hard to pull off, particularly on a large scale.

But in Kansas the last vestiges of the corrupt pro-abortion political, legal, and journalistic systems are brazenly at work trying to destroy pro-lifer Phill Kline, in order to protect the abortion industry.

Phill Kline is trailblazer, the first prosecutor in the country to charge Planned Parenthood with criminal wrong-doing and to obtain highly incriminating (and redacted) medical records to prove his case.

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