July 16, 2019

IT'S POLITICS, NOT MEDICINE:

Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen as President (Shane Goldmacher, July 16, 2019, NY Times)

Dr. Wen had been the first physician to lead the organization in decades. The people familiar with the move said there had been internal strife over her management, and that the group felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to fight the efforts to roll back access to abortions.

She fundamentally misunderstood the mission, Leana Wen wanted to broaden Planned Parenthood's mandate. Now she's out as president (AINSLEY HARRIS, 7/16/19, Fast Company)

While Wen spoke of fighting back--both in the courts and by mobilizing Planned Parenthood's 13 million supporters--she also hoped to broaden the organization's mandate to include services like addiction treatment, mental health services, and pre- and post-natal care. She further talked about serving not just women but men and nonbinary people. "The way that I think about our work, and why I took on this role, I believe that the best way to take on abortion care is to contextualize it as the fundamental healthcare that it is," she said. "I believe that the best way to protect Planned Parenthood is to make clear that we are a healthcare organization and that we provide essential services to millions of people around the country."


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