Leana Wen: Planned Parenthood Fired Me Because “I Did Not Prioritize Abortion Enough”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 22, 2019   |   11:46AM   |   Washington, DC

Newly fired CEO Leana Wen confirmed again that Planned Parenthood is primarily an abortion business, not a health care provider.

In a column at the New York Times on Friday, Wen said abortion politics was the main reason for her sudden departure from the largest abortion chain in America.

A medical doctor, Wen said she stepped into the leadership role focusing on Planned Parenthood as a health care provider, which is what it claims to be.

“To counter those who associate the organization with only abortion and use this misconception to attack its mission, I wanted to tell the story of all of its services — and in so doing, to normalize abortion care as the health care it is,” Wen wrote.

But the billion-dollar “non-profit’s” board had different goals. Last week, the board abruptly fired Wen after a “secret meeting.” According to the New York Times, the Planned Parenthood board engaged in “hours of negotiations” and ultimately canned Wen, citing the need for a “more aggressive political leader.”

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Wen served in the role for less than a year.

On Friday, she said one of the criticisms against her was that she “did not prioritize abortion enough,” according to Newsweek.

“There was even more criticism as we worked to change the perception that Planned Parenthood was just a progressive political entity and show that it was first and foremost a mainstream health care organization,” Wen wrote.

Still, Wen is an abortion advocate. She emphasized her promotion of abortion as part of Planned Parenthood’s health care services. However, she said she – like many Americans – also wanted to emphasize sex education and birth control to “reduce the need for abortion.”

She continued:

I believed we could expand support for Planned Parenthood — and ultimately for abortion access — by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who can unite behind the goal of improving the health and well-being of women and children.

When the board hired me to chart this new course, I knew that it would be challenging. Few organizations, let alone organizations under constant siege, accept change easily. Indeed, there was immediate criticism that I did not prioritize abortion enough. While I am passionately committed to protecting abortion access, I do not view it as a stand-alone issue. As one of the few national health care organizations with a presence in all 50 states, Planned Parenthood’s mandate should be to promote reproductive health care as part of a wide range of policies that affect women’s health and public health.

She described her vision of facilities where women could receive a full spectrum of care, whether the woman chooses to abort or give birth.

“In one clinic I visited, a new mother could get a checkup while her baby was vaccinated. If she was diagnosed with postpartum depression, she could receive mental health services right there, too,” Wen wrote. “For me, as a physician, it was also simply good medical care to treat the whole patient.”

In other words, she emphasized services that would not push women toward abortions – Planned Parenthood’s big money maker. Former employees have said the abortion chain pushes women to have abortions, and post-abortive women have said the same. They said the abortion provider claims to provide options counseling, but that counseling is extremely biased and basically sells abortions to vulnerable women.

Planned Parenthood claims to be a trusted health care provider and insists that abortions are just a small part (about 3 percent) of what it does. For years, it has used the 3 percent statistic to justify the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars it receives annually.

But that claim is falling apart. Liberal news outlets have called the 3 percent statistic misleading, and Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports show a steady decline in health services like cancer screenings and well-woman exams. Now, Wen’s testimony, along with dozens of other former employees’, provide strong evidence that Planned Parenthood is in the business of killing babies, and it should not receive a penny from American taxpayers.