In a recent New York Times op-ed, Leana Wen bemoaned that she couldn’t have conversations with people about abortion, especially those who aren’t pro-choice. Yepp, we feel you. Which is why we’re reiterating our offer to see the movie “Unplanned” with Kristan Hawkins in exchange for a donation to Wen’s alma mater, Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis.
Rewind: In March 2019, the movie, “Unplanned”, about former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life leader Abby Johnson was being released in theatres. Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, offered to see the movie with then-Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen.
Hawkins noted, “Unplanned is a great movie about my friend Abby Johnson’s journey from abortion facility director to pro-life activist. She represents a generation of women who found Planned Parenthood to be a business focused on profits that ignored the people most impacted by abortion, the preborn. Leana, I challenge you to join me in a theatre near you for a look at the abortion industry from the perspective of someone who knows it as you do. If you join me, I’ll make a $5,000 contribution to your alma mater, Washington University School of Medicine.”
We tweeted at her and published the stories on social media, but Wen broke our heart and never responded to our request. Well yikes Wen, if you want to talk to the other side, you’ve gotta give a little.
So here we go again. Leana Wen, if you want to hear what motivates pro-lifers, just come see “Unplanned” with us–just you and Kristan Hawkins. If you want to bring a guest, great! We’ll supply the snacks, we just want to talk to you. Since you wanted to push healthcare more at Planned Parenthood, even if you believe abortion is part of healthcare, we’d love to talk about our healthcare approach, which includes:
- Ensuring that pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and pro-life medical clinics, which the abortion lobby attacks, can continue to provide high-quality medical care, including mental health counseling, free STD and pregnancy tests, and other medical care.
- Creating a foster care system that works for children and families.
- Ensuring that no student is ever forced out of school for being pregnant or is coerced into having an abortion.
You can arrange the viewing by e-mailing me at [email protected] and we can set it up!
You may also want to read the account of Eastern Regional Director Michele Hendrickson here.