Friday, August 2, 2019

The Wen Firing

From Crisis:
July was not a good month for the former CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. And I am not taking about Cecile Richards. I am referring to Leana Wen, who, after suffering a miscarriage early in July, also suffered a job loss when on July 16 the Planned Parenthood board of directors showed her the door after only eight months on the job. Wen had replaced Cecile Richards who after 12 years retired as president in April 2018, and whose tenure was marred by scandal that Planned Parenthood abortion centers trafficked in the procurement and sale of aborted baby body parts. This was made known to the public thanks to the 2015 release of Center for Medical Progress undercover videos.

Wen came to Planned Parenthood in September 2018 after distinguishing herself as Baltimore Maryland’s heath commissioner. Many believed that the fact that she was a licensed M.D. was a deliberate signal that Planned Parenthood sought to emphasize its mission as a provider of women’s health care. The organization has not had a physician-president in nearly 50 years. Nonetheless, any cursory glance at the numerous media commentary on the Wen ouster immediately reveals that Wen and the board of directors had serious “philosophical differences.”

Indeed, Wen’s latest explanation appearing last Friday in The New York Times puts an end to all doubts about it. The op-ed headline reads: “Leana Wen: Why I Left Planned Parenthood—I believe abortion is about health care, not politics. Many of my colleagues disagreed.” She openly discusses the “daily internal opposition” she endured. Wen states: “Indeed, there was immediate criticism that I did not prioritize abortion enough.” She sought “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.” (Read more.)

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