May 22, 2013|
Tommy talks to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director, about a proposed Planned Parenthood in New Orleans
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Tommy -- records -- -- WL first news talking about the plans parenthood clinic for which I believe they're breaking ground on south Claiborne the day do you support the Planned Parenthood. Clinic being built on south Claiborne -- are pretty jaguar opinion polls 64%. Of you logging online at WWL saying no. 36%. Saying yes in the legislature lawmakers in the house and senate passing resolutions. Urging various state and local government agencies to investigate the ordination organization make sure it's complying with every state. And federal regulation on the books particularly involving abortion and senator Danny martini a Republican from -- Sponsor the resolution in the senate saying I wanna make sure that they are not coming in here. With an abortion factories. Abby Johnson joins us right now she's with the Nolan needs peace coalition. And he's a former Planned Parenthood director. But if she's anything but. And a proponent of Planned Parenthood now the morning any deal and doing well thanks for me thanks to come in and tell me how you go from being a Planned Parenthood director. To being so oppose the organization now. Well couple things took place caused -- Planned Parenthood line. Was. Before I left I had a budget meeting with my supervisor. And I was instructed that we were going to be doubling the quota of abortions that we had to sell. Yes. We had a quote 1135. Abortions. That we have to sell any year in order for us to keep the current staff that we had. And that was basically how they made up their budget and so we've. That was troublesome for me because I had done some media for Planned Parenthood in new all the talking points of course. Because I had been there for eight years and Planned Parenthood says that there are there to help reduce the number of abortions they say they're there to. -- help prevent abortion and they don't want to portion numbers to rise yet. There are putting these quotas are all of the abortion clinics and requiring you to sell abortions C. I find that. Troubling because I'm trying to take this out of a political context but. No no matter what first off I don't I don't think abortion -- first of its legal procedures secondly. I don't think anybody should use this as a form of birth control in and Ali what whenever. Something like this comes about you you -- should be. -- should be a heart wrenching serious decision that that should be a last resort kind of thing but you're telling me that there there make in this tantamount to. To sales figures to sell and cars to to sell an insurance policies to glengarry Glen Ross with first -- steak knives second. Prize this where. And I'm not. Trying to be flippant about this but you're telling me that they headquarters to sell abortions. Yes absolutely in fact. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast which is the affiliate that runs the two clinics that are currently here wanna banners and when a new violence. Army -- aren't the same affiliate that just belts. -- recently opened the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere. It's in Houston Texas at 78000. Square feet at seven stories talk. They're doing abortions at 225 weeks gestation that's over six months. And their goal. Before I left I was told that their goal is going to be their quota was going to be. 75 abortions. Six days a week 75 abortions every day. Six days a week. And that's what this affiliate is about and that is exactly where they're trying to expand on here in New Orleans in terms up to -- five weeks over six months what does the laws say about the the loss says our Roe vs. Wade basically says that the state can make a decision. Come on and late trimester abortions -- Currently in tax issue cannot go past 25 weeks. Come on abortion but there are some facilities. One in Colorado that is aborting babies up to 36 weeks gestation and that he Planned Parenthood will refer to for late abortions. It and just in terms of development some people know and I'm not trying to be graphic here are well aware it is a fetus stand when you're talking about 2.5 weeks. Or in the case of Colorado 36 weeks. Well I mean element -- well I mean everything has developed by thirteen weeks in the wind and so all of the internal organs. I -- heartbeat brain waves everything is completely formed by thirteen weeks so we're talking about a baby it in -- -- babies that have survived. Outside of the land. I met Tony in 21 week so we're talking about he noted 24 weeks gestation what's happening in Houston. Which -- back killing a baby that is that is viable outside of the -- that could live if the baby was born. Right now let me ask you this young and old -- of law is when one come seeking equity the hands have to be clean for how long did you work for Planned Parenthood I was there for eight years eight years so mean there worry considerable amount of abortions plan oh did. Conducted while you worked for Planned Parenthood. That. While it was going on you've -- didn't have a problem with and I'm not I'm not trying to happy today indict you here I'm just -- for people letter. Wondered about your motives now just asking you looking back. Do you regret any of that because it for a while he would eighties were complicit but you -- -- -- with that so how do you rationalize that in what. But I mean would mean was it when you heard the word quoted did that suddenly make something clicked in your heads. No that was just one thing that happened and -- what are your feelings about abortion now I'm a 100% pro life without exception. -- you -- then I was knocked an ally it it wasn't just that I was complicit I was actually coercing women and having abortions I was selling. Women on abortions because that's what Planned Parenthood is about in fact the COO Melanie -- of this current affiliate member one time in a management meeting she said. That we needed to turn every phone call and every client visit into a revenue generating visit. Well the only way you can do that a Planned Parenthood clinic with a woman who comes in pregnant is if you yourself are an abortion because Planned Parenthood I. Contrary to popular belief does not provide any -- your prenatal services. And they don't do any sort of adoption service so the only way that you can turn that client into revenue generating client is if you sell her an abortion. And in fact. Planned Parenthood -- according to international their own national report her own figures. Nine out of every ten pregnant women that walk into -- Planned Parenthood. Have an abortion. So I mean that's their own statistics but but honestly around it wasn't just the quotas that cost me believe that's what really. Got me thinking about what was going on inside of Planned Parenthood but I was actually asked to assist in alive. Abortion procedure where ultrasound guidance was used during the abortion. And I watched as a thirteen week old child in the win fought and struggled for his life during that abortion and tried to save himself. And I knew then that not only had Planned Parenthood lied to me because they had told everybody. That the fetus had no century development -- did not feel anything until when he weeks and I and I believe that I didn't. Have any reason not to believe what they were telling me. But I knew that that was a -- once I saw that babies struggling in the win. And I knew that hey I had not been not just been lied to but I have lied to thousands of other women. When they'd come into my clinic asking me that question will my baby feel this and I had given them back that's scripted response. You say Planned Parenthood provides no OB GY and hair or no prenatal services. Because day you know I'm I'm here and that it's about women's health and a lot of college students a lot of women that can't afford any OB GY and here go to Planned Parenthood and that's what they provide do they provide contraception went. Will what else is Planned Parenthood do do they make any money. Off of anything besides abortions and I'm gonna have the Planned Parenthood on people Planned Parenthood people -- with me later -- to -- is gonna join us. When you're there for eight years I mean one of the services did you provide besides abortions. How we do provide they do provide some -- care but no -- cared nothing to nothing to help. The unborn they provide a very extremely limited. Amount of services IG lining care prisoners they provide -- they provide our limited SCD testing. They don't do any sort. I am testing and and medicine is -- some medicine but not all they don't provide all the treatment asylum. They provide a very limited amount of breast screening are only allowed their level one breast cancer center which means they can only provide. Mean annual breast exams Planned Parenthood does not have the facilities -- the license. To provide anything besides manual breast exhibit on demand Abrams you know there's no -- parent in the country that provides mammograms they don't do any sort of diagnostic. Or treatment services for breast services so when you say manually stages perform like they feel around the wants them -- right yet and I'll just like what you doing shower. That's only thing that they can provide. And so they don't provide any sort of comprehensive care. I tell people if if a woman came in and we discovered that she had elevated blood pressure or she was diabetic. We would have to send her to another facility for her to receive care because Planned Parenthood does not have protocols in place. To handle women with those types of situations. And you know. -- -- -- our show very well she's gonna come on here and she's gonna say the plane parent has about providing healthcare for women. Well there -- providing those services here in new warrant on magazine street so the only reason for them to move in this building. Is for them to provide abortion services because there -- already providing those services here are ready. And on magazine street yes. And the thing that people need to now all here in this city is that there are dozens and dozens. Of providers available for low income women. To go and receive care from -- one Planned Parenthood there's dozens and dozens of federally qualified health senators. -- hospital house senators. We -- in a Medicaid providers both private and public. Physicians' offices that women can go to you don't need Planned Parenthood here. They're not filling a gap the services are already here and available for women who are low income. Or need to service. Before let's go -- time we had to go to news do you struggle with the the eight years personally that he's my Spanish Planned Parenthood didn't. And the abortions that occurred on your watch if you wanna call it that way in the abortions that you sold when India struggle personally with that and feel as though that somehow. He either religious sense Erica car medics and said you somehow have to have a have a bill awaiting the Payer you some of the make up for that. No I don't feel like I have to make up for I'm doing what I can't be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem like -- was for eight years but it is significant burden to carry around knowing that. You did everything you could to her women even though that was not my intent that's essentially what happened. I appreciate you coming in Eddie Johnson for a Planned Parenthood directors she works with. Nolan needs peace coalition.