WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Leana Wen was ousted from her job on Tuesday and replaced immediately due to “philosophical differences” with the board of directors over the direction of the organization.
Wen had accepted the position less than a year ago, taking over from Cecile Richards, the daughter of the late Democratic Texas Governor Ann Richards. She said in a letter on Tuesday that she wanted to focus on the “broad range” of services at Planned Parenthood, while the board was primarily concerned about the accessibility of abortion being threatened in the political and legal landscape.
“I am stepping down from the organization sooner than I’d hoped because of philosophical differences about the direction and future of Planned Parenthood,” she wrote. “I came to Planned Parenthood to run a national health care organization and to advocate for the broad range of public health policies that affect our patients’ health …”
“With the landscape changing dramatically in the last several months and the right to safe, legal abortion care under attack like never before, I understand the shift in the board’s prioritization,” Wen stated.
She also suggested in a statement that she differed with the board because she saw abortion as a health care issue rather than a political matter.
“I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who understand reproductive health care as the fundamental health care that it is,” Wen remarked.
She expressed no regret over her work, but rather said that she would “always stand with Planned Parenthood.”
“As a physician, I will always be proud to have represented an organization that has taken care of one in three women in America — along with men, LGBTQ people, and people across this country in need of care,” Wen wrote.
Alexis McGill Johnson, a longtime Planned Parenthood board member who also founded the Perception Institute, which researches discrimination in America, will serve as the acting director until a replacement is named.
As previously reported, earlier this year, Wen acknowledged that Planned Parenthood’s “core mission” was providing and protecting access to abortion.
“First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive healthcare,” she tweeted. “We will never back down from that fight — it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake.”
In December, Wen asserted via Twitter that abortion is “standard medical care,” a claim that is part of a common narrative among those who want society to believe that ending the life of an unborn child is simply healthcare.
“From here on out, we want to be clear: Planned Parenthood services, from birth control to cancer screenings and abortion, are standard medical care,” she wrote on Dec. 16. “Reproductive health care is healthcare. Women’s healthcare is healthcare. And healthcare is a basic human right. #ThisIsHealthcare”
While her post generated thousands of likes, others refuted Wen’s statement.
“Abortion is the intentional killing of the living individual in utero. It is an attack on health and life. It is literally the opposite of healthcare. This is reality. You continue with this ridiculous lie. For the baby it’s not healthcare — its deathcare!” one commenter declared.
“Cancer care is not in the same category of abortion,” another lamented. “My treatment was to help me live; abortion kills a child & often leaves the mother with mental & physical issues. Let me be clear: abortion is not healthcare; cancer care is healthcare.”
As previously reported, while modern-day Planned Parenthood leaders ardently argue that abortion is a mother’s “right,” the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, actually wrote against abortion, stating that “the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.”
“The great majority of women … belong to the working class. Nearly all of these women will fall into one of two general groups—the ones who are having children against their wills, and those who, to escape this evil, find refuge in abortion. Being given their choice by society—to continue to be overburdened mothers or to submit to a humiliating, repulsive, painful and too often gravely dangerous operation, those women in whom the feminine urge to freedom is strongest choose the abortionist,” she remarked in her book “Woman and the New Race.”
However, Sanger’s solution to countering abortion was birth control, initially naming her organization the American Birth Control League. She was also a proponent of eugenics against the physically and mentally disabled, using birth control to prevent undesirables from reproducing and to keep healthy women from producing large families.
“The question that society must answer is this: Shall family limitation be achieved through birth control or abortion? Shall normal, safe, effective contraceptives be employed, or shall we continue to force women to the abnormal, often dangerous surgical operation?” Sanger asked.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, 332,757 babies were murdered in their mother’s womb during the 2017-2018 fiscal year — over 11,000 more than the year prior. The number of abortions equates to 911 a day.