Dr. Leana Wen, former president of the abortion company Planned Parenthood, published a new book called “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health,” in which she denounces the aggressive promotion of abortion by her former employer, which she describes as a political organization with intentions that transcend women’s health, prioritizing the promotion of abortion ideology.
In her new book released July 27, Wen details how the tension between her mission and Planned Parenthood’s goals conflicted from that first day until she left her position nine months later.
On her first full day on the job as president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen appeared on ABC’s ‘The View’ to discuss her vision for the organization.
When the segment ended, Wen details in her book, she was happy and content that she had made enough of an impact on the live audience.
“But her new colleagues at Planned Parenthood headquarters were not: Wen had not said the word ‘abortion,’ asserts a Business Insider report recounting the event.
In fact, Wen reports that Planned Parenthood demanded that she speak out and promote abortion every time she made a media appearance, despite the organization’s claim that abortions account for only 3% of its services.
According to a report by Business Insider, Planned Parenthood executives also intended for Wen to use a miscarriage she suffered just before leaving her post as a public excuse for leaving office.
According to Insider, Dr. Wen, after a few months of working for the organization, received a warning notice in which she was told to “change your strategy as president of Planned Parenthood or leave.
According to Wen, who was a pro-abortion advocate, one of her goals in office was to position the organization as a non-partisan health institution. However, she hit a wall until she realized that far from that, Planned Parenthood’s intentions were set on increasing progressive, pro-abortion advocacy.
“You need to talk about abortion in every media interview,” Wen says sa Planned Parenthood staffer told her. “If we don’t talk about abortion openly, loudly, and proudly, as a positive moral good, then we are further stigmatizing it and the people who need it,” Wen claimed she was told.
Wen always understood abortion as an extreme case and not as something good to spread. And she was always interested in focusing more on the other services Planned Parenthood has in its portfolio.
What ultimately led to Wen’s departure was the realization that Planned Parenthood concentrated all of its efforts on defending its political ideals rather than striving to provide real medical care to women in need of its services.
“Planned Parenthood sees itself as a liberal advocacy organization, outspoken on issues loosely related to healthcare, like net neutrality, defunding the police, and DC’s statehood,“ she wrote.
Finally, another development ended up completely disappointing Wen. While she was deciding whether to resign from her position, she suffered a miscarriage and decided to tell a colleague about it.
Her colleague discussed what she had learned with her superiors, who then spoke to Wen and “suggested that she use the loss to explain her departure.”
Once the idea of using the distress for public relations purposes was circulated, Wen decided to take control of the situation by writing an op-ed for the Washington Post “so that I would not be robbed of this deeply personal experience,” she wrote.