Leroy Carhart

Planned Parenthood board member is a Dubuque, Iowa city employee

Government employees’ entanglement with Planned Parenthood shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve certainly experienced our fair share of that, with the brutal back-and-forth volleying of the recent campaign season. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, hosted fundraisers in Milwaukee and Madison for (defeated) gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett. Read more about that here.

Kansas late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart made national news this week when he announced plans to open three new abortion facilities in Indiana, Iowa and Maryland. Read a news story about that here.

As a result of Carhart’s grisly revelation, much press has been devoted to abortionists and by extension, Planned Parenthood. Carhart’s abortion practice is independent of Planned Parenthood. Unsurprisingly, the letters-to-the-editor from Planned Parenthood minions continue to pour into local newspapers in those areas.

Of particular interest is this letter-to-the-editor in the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph Herald. Written by Ann Niday Straley, ostensibly in defense of Planned Parenthood’s work with teens, it is a tired regurgitation of the reasoning that since parents really don’t know how to parent these days, “we” need Planned Parenthood.

Straley fails to mention in her letter that she is a member of the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa (PPECI). View PPECI’s 2008-09 annual report, with the listing of board members, here.

And here’s where things get really interesting. A Google search of Straley reveals she was paid a salary by the City of Dubuque, Iowa, in 2008 and in 2009. Dubuque’s 2008 list of salaried employees can be found here and its list of 2009 employees can be found here. Yet a search of Dubuque’s staff directory turns up no mention of anyone named Straley. So what gives? More hide-and-go-seek from Planned Parenthood?