Enron, Mary Kay Letorneau and Planned Parenthood: Accountability Does Not Mean Illegality

4 Feb

Living in New Jersey, it is only recently that I began to worry about the status of abortion care in my state. However, the recent “expose” of Planned Parenthood in Perth Amboy, N.J. has underscored the fact that abortion, currently available to women without parental notification, invasive ultrasounds, or other nonsense that is required in nearby Pennsylvania and other states, is under attack here in New Jersey. Having never been to that Planned Parenthood, it is impossible for me to say whether or not the worker in question acted illegally, or even irresponsibly.

But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that she did.

Let’s say that one worker at one abortion clinic behaved in a manner that we all can agree is inappropriate.

Should that somehow be extrapolated to mean that all abortion clinic workers are amoral? Should abortion be outlawed on the basis that anyone who works in a clinic will also be a sex trafficker?

Of course not.

When Mary Kay Letorneau made the news years ago for having an affair with her student – an action that we all agree was wrong – no one thought we should mandate homeschooling to protect children from predatory teachers.

When the Enron scandal erupted nearly ten years ago, no one tried to eliminate accountants. In fact, as a direct result of the Enron scandal the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed, which created jobs for thousands, if not millions, of accountants.

The sad truth is that in any population – whether it is defined by profession, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, or hobby – there are going to be those who behave poorly. Those who act without morals, ethics, caution or concern. Is this okay? Of course not. That is why there are background checks on teachers (and most other professionals), more stringent conflict of interest policies for accountants and other business professionals, and boards of health who are charged with ensuring that all medical facilities are in compliance.

I cannot say whether the video being spread across the internet was a hoax or not. Given its pedigree, I am hesitant to believe its veracity, but even if it were true, do not get caught up in the hysteria being encouraged by the anti-abortion proponents who perpetrated it. Do not lose sight of the fact that if this is incident is real, it is an isolated incident. Do not lose sight of the fact that this has nothing to do with women’s need for access to safe and legal abortions except to serve as a reminder that in the absence of more readily available abortion access, women are driven to places that offer less than adequate care.

3 Responses to “Enron, Mary Kay Letorneau and Planned Parenthood: Accountability Does Not Mean Illegality”

  1. a.x.i.sanchez February 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Hello, while I can appreciate your arguments and where your coming from, it is important to remember that Planned Parenthood is an organization. And while one episode like this one in New Jersy may be isolated, it involves the whole organization because this one facility is not governed like a franchise, rather from the top down. Meaning that employees who may have direct supervisors, are always under the supreme control of the heads of the organization. So while rational people can look at this episode and say it is an isolated event, a he/she cannot and should not dismiss the organization’s own structure which maintains ultimate responsibility. To take one of your examples, Enron’s criminal practices did not result in the condemnation of all accountants, but surely with those accountants who were involved or working for Enron. And while I hold, as I’m sure you do as well, innocence until proven guilty, Planned Parenthood did fire this employee; so although I’m unwilling to condemn her actions because I too was not there, it seems probable that she did act appropriately since she was fired and as any large company knows, they would only compound their problems for firing an employee who did nothing wrong. Thanks.

  2. a.x.i.sanchez February 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I meant to write IN-appropriately on the third line from the bottom. whoopsie ūüôā


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