Friday, August 02, 2019 - Updated: 1:06 pm
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Following the news Dr. Leana Wen was fired by Planned Parenthood as its president, several pro-life leaders remarked that the organization was upset the physician had emphasized the need to expand Planned Parenthood services beyond abortion.
“Leana Wen entered Planned Parenthood to great fanfare. As a physician, it was anticipated that she would evolve the organization, long seen as a partisan platform, into a health care institution,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.
“And when Dr. Wen tried to do precisely that, she was fired. She refused to allow abortion to dominate Planned Parenthood’s agenda, all the way from the very top down to every talking point,” she added in a July 18 statement. “Dr. Wen’s termination is emphatic proof that Planned Parenthood has been, is and will be nothing more than a political machine.”
Various news reports said Wen wanted to provide additional services such as mental health and substance abuse resources, but, according to Americans United for Life, “anonymous Planned Parenthood employees referred to these treatments as ‘mission creep.’”
In a July 19 op-ed in The New York Times, Wen wrote: “In my farewell message to colleagues, I cited philosophical differences over the best way to protect reproductive health. While the traditional approach has been through prioritizing advocating for abortion rights, I have long believed that the most effective way to advance reproductive health is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one.”
She added, “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.”
Planned Parenthood announced Alexis McGill Johnson, co-founder of the anti-bias research group Perception Institute and Planned Parenthood board member, will temporarily replace Wen.