An internal coup of sorts is playing out at Planned Parenthood, with the organization’s board holding a “secret meeting” to remove Dr. Leana Wen as its president just eight months after unanimously hiring her. According to a statement released by Wen, at the heart of the matter seems to be differences over framing abortion as a political issue as opposed to one of healthcare: “I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a healthcare one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who understand reproductive healthcare as the fundamental healthcare that it is.” Read more…
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Planned Parenthood removed its president from the organization on Tuesday after less than a year on the job.
Dr. Leana Wen announced her departure on Twitter, characterizing the decision as being made by the board during 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,” she said.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 16, 2019
Wen said in a statement that she had taken on the role at Planned Parenthood to advocate for a “broad range of policies that affect our patients’ health.” The statement she provided suggested that Planned Parenthood preferred to frame abortion as a political issue rather than a healthcare issue.