Leana Wen’s incubation at Planned Parenthood didn’t even last nine months. Planned Parenthood is good at that.
Given that the fiscal year for the nation’s #1 abortion chain ended on June 30th, the termination of former Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen on July 16th came as no surprise to many pro-life watchdog groups.
While some prognosticators have indicated that the late-term separation was fueled over whether Wen was sufficiently trans-inclusive — e.g. Wen disagree with board members as to whether or not men could actually have abortions. Rather, the conflict seems to be between the premise that Planned Parenthood might actually could have become a health care provider, or whether or not the dead baby counter was all that matter to their board.
The dead baby counter won.
In a three page memorandum to her supporters, Wen defended herself against critics, stating that “prioritizing health care” was the stated mission of her hire. Yet “philosophical differences” interposed between Wen and the sclerotic old guard at the nation’s largest abortion center.
More specifically, the New York Times characterized Wen as “a smart but alienating manager who wanted to significantly reorient the group’s focus away from the abortion wars and more toward its role as a women’s health provider.”
The turmoil within Planned Parenthood has been acute at best. Not only have they lost many of their seasoned political veterans, but all five of the senior health care professionals Wen installed within the institution were fired as well.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has attempted to shift away from political advocacy and towards a role as a health care provider. In the early 1990s, Planned Parenthood hired Pamela Maraldo, a health care professional who attempted to take Planned Parenthood out of the abortion-only regime and turn the organization towards a more comprehensive health care model. She lasted two years.
The problem is that Planned Parenthood isn’t a health care organization at all, and Wen’s termination only reinforces the fact that Planned Parenthood is not nor can ever be about health care — only about abortion, more abortions, and still more abortions for their own sake.
More to the point, there is a reason why Planned Parenthood cannot retain the support of serious health care professionals. An organization that treats abortion as an end isn’t health care, it’s barbaric — and women deserve better than the greed and avarice of an organization whose sole metric for success is a pile of dead babies.