Earlier today, the New York Times announced that Leana Wen, who has been the president of Planned Parenthood for just eight months, was fired by the organization. Wen confirmed today in a tweet:
I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. My statement to come shortly.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 16, 2019
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America stated, “The musical chairs at the top of the nation’s number one abortion vendor changes nothing. Women don’t need what Planned Parenthood is selling. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and with federally qualified health centers standing by to offer true, full-service healthcare, women have lots of options that don’t include abortion.”
According to the Washington Post, “The president of Planned Parenthood was forced out of her job Tuesday in a dispute over the direction of the the nation’s largest women’s reproductive rights organization amid growing political and legal challenges to abortion.
Planned Parenthood’s board met in emergency session Tuesday and approved Leana Wen’s immediate departure just eight months after she took over the post.
The move occurs at one of the most difficult moments in the group’s history. The organization faces growing financial peril from a Trump administration rule that took effect Monday barring federally funded family planning clinics from providing referrals for abortions. It is also under attack by antiabortion lawmakers at the state and federal level and is threatened by the prospect that the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion could be overturned by the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority.”
Another one bites the dust… https://t.co/gN5Hushcam
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) July 16, 2019
Students for Life will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.