While defenders of Planned Parenthood often claim that abortion comprises only a small percentage of the services provided by the controversial organization, its former head has revealed that she was ousted for not pushing abortion enough to the public.
Make no mistake: former Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen is pro-abortion and wishes, to this day, to see it legalized. Yet her experiences of being ousted by the organization certainly tell us quite a lot about where their priorities lie, and about how empty their claims to be committed to “women’s health” really are.
When the emergency room doctor and former Baltimore health commissioner assumed control of the organization, she thought she was committed to its mission — that is, the mission she had to promote it as a nonpartisan healthcare institution, as some of its supporters portray it to be.
This wasn’t the plan that the board had in mind, however.
According to Business Insider, which recently profiled Wen ahead of her newly-released book, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health,” the one-time head honcho of the nation’s most notorious and biggest abortion bill was once given an ultimatum by the organization’s board of directors.
Promote abortion more, or leave.
It all began when she appeared on The View on her first day on the job. She used it as an opportunity to discuss her vision for Planned Parenthood, but after her segment aired, she was criticized by colleagues for not using the word “abortion” enough.
“Next time, make sure you talk about abortion,” was one text Wen says she received.
“You need to talk about abortion at every media interview,” another read, according to her book.”You’re the president of Planned Parenthood. People expect that from you.”
“Not saying ‘abortion’ sounds as if you’re ashamed of it,” she was also chided.
“If we don’t talk about abortion openly, loudly, and proudly, as a positive moral good, then we are further stigmatizing it and the people who need it,” another colleague reportedly told her.
Wen only served as president for eight short months between 2018 and 2019, in which it became clear her vision to promote all of Planned Parenthood’s services, rather than prioritize their most lucrative “service,” abortion, was going to be a deal-breaker.
Sickeningly, the callous board even suggested that Wen use a miscarriage she suffered while faced with this decision as an excuse to step down.
“This was offensive and hurtful on so many levels,” Wen writes in her book, having found that losing her unborn baby “was devastating in a way that I couldn’t have anticipated.”
Instead, Wen decided to write an op-ed for The Washington Post as she “could not fathom the additional trauma if this news were made public by others who wished to use it for their own purposes.”
As she was trying to arrive at a deal through attorneys to leave, she was voted out in disgrace by the board.
For all Wen’s continued support for abortion, which was by no means lessened from her experiences at Planned Parenthood, our heart certainly still goes out to her for the loss she suffered.
Yet it is hardly surprising that this wicked organization sought to exploit her pain for the sake of getting rid of the president who didn’t do enough to promote abortion.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you Planned Parenthood doesn’t prioritize abortion above the services they offer that might genuinely help women, as opposed to dehumanize them and destroy the lives of their unborn children.
The one president they’ve had who thought this was the mission was callously booted out.
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