Planned Parenthood president refreshingly honest
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-01-09

Okay. Here is the situation. Planned Parenthood’s new president, Dr. Leana Wen, has been doing lots of interviews since she took office in November. As we’ve commented in previous stories, she seems to have the Planned Parenthood public relations line down pat. 

She recently did an interview with and the website wrote a piece headlined “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortion Health Care.” The first line stated: “The organization is still committed to providing abortions and reproductive care but Wen, the first female physician to run Planned Parenthood, is embarking on a cross-country listening tour to learn how best add or expand nonabortion services.”

You can read the entire article, but the point of it was captured in the headline and lead sentence. Unlike Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood is pushing itself as a health-care organization that happens to do abortions as part of that health care.

There was nothing startling or very new here. But it seems that there were people within the Planned Parenthood organization that were not happy with the article—people who do not want Planned Parenthood to ever stop killing as many babies as possible, and they must have demanded that Dr. Wen clarify things.

The BuzzFeed article ran on January 7, 2019, at 5:05 PM (Eastern). By 10:31 AM the next day, Dr. Wen was on Twitter trying to correct her mistake. Referring to the BuzzFeed article, she first tweeted: “I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood.” Then she stated“First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fightit’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake.”

You got that? Despite Dr. Wen’s flowery language in interviews or when she is on stage, there is a core mission at Planned Parenthood that those who actually control the organization will not tolerate being violated. That core mission is “providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.”

Every person who fights against Planned Parenthood should make a poster or sign with these words emblazoned for all to see.

"Planned Parenthood's core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion." Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1/8/2019 tweet.



Of course, we’ve known all along that this is clearly the core mission of Planned Parenthood, but to have its president state it so clearly is refreshing.