According to a new report, the former director of three Planned Parenthood facilities in Arizona, Mayra Rodriguez, claimed Saturday that the organization pressures illegal immigrants to get abortions by threatening them with deportation.
She told the Christian Post, “For 16 years, I devoted my life to Planned Parenthood,” she said. “As an undocumented immigrant, Planned Parenthood opened the doors to the American dream. … They hired me knowing I was undocumented.”
The Christian Post reported:
After 16 years with the company, Rodriguez was promoted to abortion director at “the biggest [Planned Parenthood] clinic in the state of Arizona.” Rodriguez’s promotion made her aware of what she said is “the deception of Planned Parenthood” on the abortion issue.
Rodriguez, who now resides in the U.S. legally, noted that many illegal immigrant women who work in fields are raped by their foremen and then taken to Planned Parenthood.
She said Planned Parenthood officials tell “immigrants that they’re welcome there: ‘we won’t deport you, we won’t call ICE on you. But if you carry your baby and go to the hospital and you live, for example, in Arizona or Ohio or other states where they have very strict anti-undocumented people laws, you may get deported.’”
“So when you have that, what do women think?” she asked. “’Oh, I cannot have a child because I might get deported, and I could get separated from my other three kids.’ … As an immigrant, I can tell you it is the worst feeling ever to know that you may have to leave this country.”
She pushed back against the company’s practices. “That got me fired and got me set up,” Rodriguez said. “Yeah, I was accused falsely of having narcotics in my office while I was out of my office.”