The United States’ largest abortion corporation has asked its current president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Dr. Leana Wen, to step down. Unlike her predecessor, Cecile Richards, Wen had experience in medicine, as she served as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner and worked as an emergency room doctor before becoming Richards’ successor. After only holding the position for less than a year, Wen was dismissed from Planned Parenthood.
Wen took to Twitter to share the news of her dismissal, stating:
“I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. My statement to come shortly.”
Shortly after, Wen released a statement on the reason for her departure, explaining it as “philosophical differences” between her and the new Board Chairs “over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” Wen also elaborated on how she came to Planned Parenthood to “lead a national health organization that “provides essential primary and preventive care to millions of underserved women and families, and to advocate for a broad range of policies that affect our patients’ health.”
Wen concluded her statement by pledging to continue “fighting for women, families, and communities.”
The removal of Wen as Planned Parenthood’s President comes not long after the Trump Administration announced that “parts of the Protect Life Rule, which prohibits recipients of Title X family planning funds to refer or provide abortion services, will go into effect immediately.” Recipients of Title X funding have now been informed that they will “no longer be permitted to refer mothers for abortion services, and must keep finances separate from facilities that provide abortions.” Abortion facilities will also be forbidden to “co-locate” with clinics that receive Title X funding.
This new ruling is of course devastating to an abortion provider like Planned Parenthood, as it will cost them $60 million in funding annually.
But, according to sources that are familiar with the situation, this was not the reason for Wen’s sudden departure. Planned Parenthood had gradually been growing concerned with the direction Wen was taking the organization. Her decision to redirect focus away from the corporation’s status as a political group and place more of an emphasis on its role as a health care provider was met with disapproval, and led to questions about Wen’s capabilities as a leader.
On top of these concerns were issues with Wen’s alleged refusal to use “trans-inclusive” language. Sources have alleged that Wen believed talking about transgender issues would “isolate people in the Midwest.” Supposedly, there were other concerns with Wen’s language, as her reluctance to use “abortion” as a stand-alone phrase—opting to say “abortion care” instead—did little to earn her any favor at Planned Parenthood.
Despite her unexpected ousting, the former president has still professed loyalty to the abortion provider, pledging to “always stand with Planned Parenthood.” But that has not stopped members of the pro-life movement from compassionately reaching out to Wen during this difficult transition period.
Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson reached out to Wen, offering her sympathies, as well as her confidence in the following statement:
“Leana, I know exactly how Planned Parenthood works and know ALL about their secret meetings. If you ever want to talk about your experience (in complete confidence), I’m here. I will help in any way I can through your transition.”
Johnson was not the only one to offer Wen her assistance. Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, also extended a hand towards Wen.
“Unfortunately for Dr. Wen, she was unable to make it full term. With a change of heart, we would surely welcome her into the pro-life movement. This is my personal invitation for her to reach out.”
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