Planned Parenthood has a new President. Her name is Dr. Leana Wen and she is a former emergency room doctor as well as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore.
Dr. Leanna Wen has already stirred up controversy prior to taking on the new role of President of Planned Parenthood. According to Lifenews, in her capacity as Commissioner, she pushed her abortion views to the forefront of her position and endeavored to force pregnancy care centers who were centered around preserving life to fundamentally contradict their reason for existence and be forced to promote abortions.
As a result, pregnancy centers in Baltimore filed a lawsuit against Wen, and she was named as a defendant in the Baltimore based lawsuit pregnancy centers filed against a city ordinance requiring them to post signs in their waiting rooms stating that they do not provide abortions – or face heavy daily fines.
The Supreme Court did not hear the Baltimore case but heard a similar case, from California, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The court ultimately sided with the pregnancy care centers on free speech grounds.
Planned Parenthood is still under federal investigation for the sale of aborted baby parts. The Department of Justice officially opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood last December.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Wen marks a shift in any. In her first media appearance since becoming the President of Planned Parenthood she recycled old talking points already touted by former President Cecile Richards. Wen stated that Planned Parenthood has done more for women than any other. Georgi Boorman with the Federalist points out:
Apparently the destruction of 3,401,891 preborn baby girls since 1978 is a stellar record for women’s health. Beyond the obvious fact that preborn genocide totally negates anything Planned Parenthood does, what is so special about Planned Parenthood that its services are critical to American women?
If you want oral birth control, you can get it at any health clinic. If you need sexually transmitted disease testing, cancer screenings, or prenatal care, you can get it at the doctor’s office. If you simply need “education,” which Planned Parenthood loves to tout as a major accomplishment, you can go to any of the 2,752 pregnancy centers in the United States.
Additionally, in a Planned Parenthood video published to their YouTube channel in which Wen introduces herself, she cites relying on abortion calling it “the basic right to healthcare.”