July 19, 2019

WHAT TOUCHING NAIVETE:

Why I Left Planned Parenthood: I believe abortion is about health care, not politics. Many of my colleagues disagreed. (Leana S. Wen, July 19, 2019, NY Times)

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. 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.

When the board hired me to chart this new course, I knew that it would be challenging. Few organizations, let alone organizations under constant siege, accept change easily. Indeed, there was immediate criticism that I did not prioritize abortion enough. While I am passionately committed to protecting abortion access, I do not view it as a stand-alone issue. As one of the few national health care organizations with a presence in all 50 states, Planned Parenthood's mandate should be to promote reproductive health care as part of a wide range of policies that affect women's health and public health.

In fairness, it's like conservatives thinking the Tea Party wanted smaller government.



Posted by at July 19, 2019 6:59 PM

  

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