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Planned Parenthood Removes Its President Following a ‘Secret Meeting’

Planned Parenthood Removes Its President Following a ‘Secret Meeting’

Dr. Leane Wen has been the president of Planned Parenthood for less than a year, but she is now being removed from the organization.

This afternoon, she tweeted that she learned that the “Board ended my employment at a secret meeting.”

She later released a statement explaining that she had “philosophical differences” with the organization.

Wen has had a rocky tenure with the organization. She was caught misrepresenting stats in Planned Parenthood’s favor (as we previously noted, The Washington Post’s fact-checker has given her a rating of “four Pinocchios”).

And, early on, she took issue with how Buzzfeed framed an interview with her with the headline, “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortion Health Care”. In a series of tweets, she responded saying, “I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood. First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight—it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake.”

According to the Post, Wen and Board were unable to resolve their disagreement over how Planned Parenthood should incorporate abortion into its mission. Wen wanted Planned Parenthood to focus on a diverse array of women’s health issues including abortion, while other members of the Board wanted Planned Parenthood to focus on abortion.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Scott tweeted that the “former Planned Parenthood head tried to refocus organization’s mission & image as a health provider offering a wide array of services. Those close to Wen said she was opposed by some who wanted to emphasize the organization’s commitment to abortion rights.”

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