Tony Thornton, 56, who is the CEO and President of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock, Texas was arrested after he reportedly exposed his genitals with the intent to arouse the sexual desire of another person”. The arrest was certainly bad publicity for the controversial organization that has been the subject of scorn by both pro-life organizations as well as some conservative politicians.
Planned Parenthood immediately went into damage control mode to terminate Thornton. And for his part, Thornton seemed to take some responsibility for something he called “errors”. But his arrest comes at a bad time in Texas politics as some Republican state legislators are working to remove any state public funding for the organization which provides health care and family planning for about 130,00 lower income women in the state.