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Planned Parenthood will lay off 10-20% of the national workforce

Union officials representing Planned Parenthood employees expect the organization to lay off 10 to 20 percent of its national workforce, or at least 80 people, NPR reported Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood officials said the layoffs were part of an effort to restructure the organization’s national office and focus on helping local affiliates, according to the report. This decision comes almost a year after the reversal of the Supreme Court’s decision Roe vs. Wade and referred the issue of abortion to individual states.

People gather in support of abortion rights at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., May 21, 2019. Planned Parenthood leaders from 24 states gathered in Sacramento, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in hoping to develop a national strategy that would emulate their success on the west coast. . (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

“In a joint statement from unions representing employees in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., union officials expressed dismay at the news, saying Planned Parenthood leaders are “repelling some of the brightest minds in our movement “. This comes at a time when reproductive freedom is under threat and our members are struggling under difficult economic conditions,” according to the report.

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The organization’s affiliates have faced a changing legal landscape after more than a dozen states passed pro-life laws protecting unborn babies in the wake of the Dobbs decision in June 2022. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement that the organization would “reinvent” its national office and invest $70 million in its affiliates, the report said.

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said the abortion giant will also work to expand its telehealth services and other technologies “aimed at serving patients regardless of their location,” according to the report. The organization further plans to invest even more in national elections and race-related initiatives.

“Without a doubt, the world we live in right now – the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the loss of access to abortion, the militarization of our courts and attacks on our democracy, the criminalization of providers and patients, and rampant misinformation – is very different from what it was a few years ago. barely ten years,” McGill said in a statement. “Family planning needs to change too.”

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