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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a regional branch of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest network of abortion providers and an influential political organization. PPGNY describes its mission as providing “reproductive health services” and advocating to “advance equity and improve health outcomes.” The organization also supports abortions “whenever, wherever, and however they are needed.” [1]

PPGNY promotes a variety of left-of-center causes in addition to abortion. In January, the organization denounced a Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule. The policy gives the government broader authority to deny visas and green cards to immigrants who use welfare benefits. PPGNY called the rule “dangerous” to “undocumented New Yorkers.” [2]

Following the 2020 rioting in the wake of the police-custody death of George Floyd, the organization called for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to cut the New York Police Department budget by $1 billion. PPGNY urged the city to shift funds to “social services and black-led nonprofits” to address perceived racism in law enforcement. [3] PPGNY also announced a “Summer of Pride” to celebrate “LGBTQ resilience, history, and triumphs.” [4]

In June 2020, internal issues at PPGNY became public. More than 300 current and former employees signed an open letter against Chief Executive Officer Laura McQuade, accusing her of abusive, discriminatory, and corrupt behavior. The letter alleged that McQuade humiliated employees in front of their colleagues and gave out contracts to her personal associates. It also criticized her financial management of the organization, which went from an $18 million surplus to a $6.2 million deficit under her leadership. [5]

History

In January 2020, five Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York state combined to form Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. Laura McQuade, the Planned Parenthood New York City (PPNYC) Chief Executive Officer, took charge of the new organization. Upon launch, PPGNY had 30 locations covering 65% of New York State. [6]

In April 2020, PPGNY started laying off employees and temporarily shut down 12 of its locations. McQuade cited the COVID-19 pandemic and its “incredible strain” on the organization’s resources as justifications for the cuts. At the time, PPGNY anticipated between $20 and $32 million in losses for the rest of the year. [7] In June 2020, McQuade stepped down following accusations of unprofessional conduct and poor management. [8]

Services

Abortion, LGBT, and Medical Procedures

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York performs abortions both via medication and surgery. [9] Other services provided include a wide range of birth control methods and women’s healthcare procedures. The organization’s health centers also offer sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, as well as transgender hormone therapy and other LGBT support services. [10]

Sex Education

PPGNY offers comprehensive sex education for adults and children. The organization partners with schools and youth organizations to provide workshops for youth audiences as well as parents and caretakers. PPGNY also conducts training for educators. [11]

Pop-Ups

These PPGNY community events target “youth aged 11-21” with “interactive activities to learn about sexual and reproductive health.” The organization offers to host these events free for schools and religious organizations. [12] While the program aims to reduce sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, it also encourages a permissive attitude towards sex among pre-teens and teens. [13]

Reviving Radical

This PPGNY community program aims to fight “reproductive oppression” of “women of color, trans and nonbinary people.” One of its five mandates is to “divest from and dismantle white dominant organizational cultural norms.” The program recommends that participants organize community gatherings where they will “conduct race and gender justice training” and “say sorry” for vaguely-defined historical injustices. [14]

Political Engagement

Legislative and Policy Agenda

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York advocates for a wide range of progressive policies. The organization states that abortion and contraception should be covered by all health insurance plans, including the New York State government-funded Medicaid, and that PPGNY should continue receiving federal and state funding. Furthermore, the agenda demands that health insurance cover both legal and illegal immigrants. PPGNY supports “culturally responsive” and “gender inclusive” comprehensive sex education for children, and attacks Crisis Pregnancy Centers that assist pregnant women and offer alternatives to abortion. [15]

Political Action Committee

PPGNY Votes PAC supports pro-abortion and pro-Planned Parenthood candidates. In 2018, 95% of candidates endorsed by the PAC won their races. In June 2020, the PAC announced its endorsement of over 100 candidates for the state Assembly and Senate, including Assembly Speaker pro tempore Jeffrion Aubry (D-Queens). [16]

Action Fund

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s lobbying arm is the PPGNY Action Fund. The Action Fund advocates for issues on the Legislative and Policy Agenda, organizes activism on college campuses, and recruits volunteers and interns. [17]

The Action Fund partners with Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, which supports abortion-friendly lawmakers through its own PAC. [18] Empire State Acts also runs Concerned Clergy for Choice, a network of more than 400 religious leaders who advocate for abortion access. [19]

Controversies

In January 2020, activists with the PPGNY Action Fund participated in Women’s March events across the state. Women’s March, Inc., the national organization promoting these events, retained left-wing activists Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory as board members until 2019. Sarsour has expressed support for Islamic religious law[20] while Mallory has promoted Louis Farrakhan, leader of the black supremacist Nation of Islam. [21][22]

Following the initial wave of Black Lives Matter-associated protests and riots in May 2020, the PPGNY Action Fund published an article directing people to “support #BlackLivesMatter” by donating to a variety of BLM-affiliated organizations. [23] Organized Black Lives Matter organization have voiced support for violent black supremacist extremists and communist dictators, and a 2017 FBI report alleged that the movement’s rhetoric inspired an increase in anti-police violence. [24][25]

In June 2020, hundreds of current and former PPGNY employees signed an open letter demanding the immediate removal of then-CEO Laura McQuade. In the letter, they expressed a “profound lack of confidence” in McQuade and the rest of the organization’s leadership. The letter accused McQuade of creating “a culture of fear and intimidation,” as well as “abusive behavior” and financial malfeasance.” [26] The PPGNY Board of Directors initially responded by stating that it “fully supports the work and leadership of Laura McQuade.” [27] A few days later, however, the Board issued a follow-up statement saying that they were “truly, deeply sorry,” and that McQuade had left the organization. [28]

Leadership

Laura McQuade was the President and Chief Executive Officer of PPGNY until June 2020. She left the organization following accusations of unprofessional conduct, nepotism, and mismanagement. [29] The PPGNY Board of Directors has identified an interim leadership team consisting of Chief Operating Officer Racquel Benford, Chief People Officer Alicia Kenaley, and Chief Development Officer Keith Corso. [30]

Adrienne Verrilli is PPGNY’s vice president of communications and marketing. She manages the organization’s media strategy and works with the organization’s government relations and political teams to support its Legislative and Policy Agenda. [31]

PPGNY’s website lists Karen Seltzer as the chair of the Board of Directors. [32]

Financials

PPGNY shares an employer identification number with PPNYC, the largest affiliate of the five that merged to form the new organization. In 2017, PPNYC made over $61 million and spent over $51 million. In 2017, the organization made just over $57 million but spent close to $57.5 million. PPGNY’s net assets declined from just over $147 million in 2017 to just over $136 million in 2018. [33]

In 2017, the five centers that would merge into PPGNY generated a total income of over $103 million, accounting for about two-thirds (64.7%) of all Planned Parenthood income in New York state. [34]

References

  1. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “About.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about ^
  2. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule is Unethical – Period,” January 27, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/news/trumps-public-charge-rule-is-unethical-period ^
  3. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Urges Mayor Bill de Blasio to Reform and Redirect NYPD Funding,” June 27, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/news/planned-parenthood-of-greater-new-york-urges-mayor-bill-de-blasio-to-reform-and-redirect-nypd-funding ^
  4. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Announces ‘Summer of Pride,’” June 30, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/news/planned-parenthood-of-greater-new-york-announces-summer-of-pride ^
  5. Bethany Bump, “Letter alleges abuse, mismanagement by Planned Parenthood of Greater NY head,” Times Union, June 22, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Letter-alleges-abuse-mismanagement-by-Planned-15358319.php ^
  6. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Launches as Leading Provider, Educator, and Advocate of Sexual & Reproductive Health,” January 6, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/news/planned-parenthood-of-greater-new-york-launches-as-a-leading-provider-educator-and-advocate-of-sexual-amp-reproductive-health-care ^
  7. Bethany Bump, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York closing centers, laying off staff,” Times Union. April 8, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Planned-Parenthood-of-Greater-New-York-closing-15187277.php ^
  8. Sharon Otterman, “N.Y. Planned Parenthood’s CEO Is Ousted After Staff Complaints,” The New York Times, June 23, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/nyregion/ny-planned-parenthood-laura-mcquade.html ^
  9. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Abortion.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion ^
  10. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Our Services.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/get-care/our-services ^
  11. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Sex Education.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/learn/sex-education ^
  12. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Community Programs and Workshops.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/learn/community-programs ^
  13. Planned Parenthood of New York City, “Evidence-Based Programs for Youth + Pop-Up Events.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/d8/4a/d84ab236-5114-4e84-996d-84af6827275e/evidence-based_programs_for_youth_2019.pdf ^
  14. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Reviving Radical.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/campaigns/reviving-radical ^
  15. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Legislative and Policy Agenda.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/legislative-agenda ^
  16. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Votes PAC, “Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Votes PAC Endorses Health Care Champions in Senate & Assembly Races,” PR Newswire, June 21, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/planned-parenthood-of-greater-new-york-votes-pac-endorses-health-care-champions-in-senate–assembly-races-301080725.html ^
  17. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund, “About Us.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york-action-fund/about ^
  18. Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, “About Us.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/empire-state-acts/about ^
  19. Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, “Concerned Clergy for Choice.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/empire-state-acts/concerned-clergy-choice ^
  20. Linda Sarsour Twitter Post. Twitter. May 12, 2015. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://twitter.com/lsarsour/status/598327052727615488 ^
  21. Linda Sarsour, Twitter, September 22, 2011. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://twitter.com/lsarsour/status/116922589967949824 ^
  22. Tamika Mallory, “Tamika Mallory Speaks: ‘Wherever My People Are Is Where I Must Be,’” NewsOne, March 7, 2018. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://newsone.com/3779389/tamika-mallory-saviours-day/ ^
  23. PPGNY Action Fund, “Here Are Some Things You Can Do Right Now,” Medium, June 2, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://medium.com/@PPGNYAct/here-are-some-things-you-can-do-right-now-b00c2f3ad9fe ^
  24. Black Lives Matter Global Network, “Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante,” Medium, November 27, 2016. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://medium.com/@BlackLivesMatterNetwork/lessons-from-fidel-black-lives-matter-and-the-transition-of-el-comandante-c11ee5e51fb0 ^
  25. Jason Kopp, “’Ferguson effect’ legit? Police laud FBI report that says cop killings ‘new norm,’” Fox News, April 25, 2018. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.foxnews.com/us/ferguson-effect-legit-police-laud-fbi-report-that-says-cop-killings-new-norm ^
  26. Save PPGNY, “Update: On An Open Letter,” June 18, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://saveppgny.wordpress.com ^
  27. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Statement from the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY),” June 19, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://twitter.com/PPGNYact/status/1274125401577619456 ^
  28. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “PPGNY Response to Save PPGNY Open Letter,” June 24, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/news/ppgny-response-to-save-ppgny-open-letter ^
  29. Mark Hrywna, “Planned Parenthood of Greater N.Y. Fires CEO,” The NonProfit Times, June 29, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.thenonprofittimes.com/people/planned-parenthood-of-greater-n-y-fires-ceo/ ^
  30. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “PPGNY Board Statement,” June 22, 2020. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://saveppgny.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/ppgny-board-statement-6-22-20.pdf ^
  31. Adrienne Verrilli, LinkedIn. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrienne-verrilli-2379a63 ^
  32. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, “Our Leadership.” Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-new-york/about/our-leadership ^
  33. Planned Parenthood of New York City Inc., Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Internal Revenue Service, 2018. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/132621497_201812_990_2020011617037863.pdf ^
  34. Jim Sedlak, “Major Planned Parenthood Mergers in New York State,” American Life League, June 6, 2019. Accessed July 7, 2020. https://www.all.org/major-planned-parenthood-mergers-in-new-york-state/ ^
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