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In This Issue

  • A physician will be next president of Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Planned Parenthood: new face, same legacy
  • Leana Wen timeline
  • Planned Parenthood's Kangaroo Court
A physician will be next president of Planned Parenthood Federation

By Jim Sedlak

Breaking news this month was the announcement by Planned Parenthood Federation of America that it has selected its new president. The new president, who will officially start on November 12, 2018, is Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen is currently the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, MD. We’ve been pointing out for years that Planned Parenthood proclaims itself as a healthcare organization, but has a political strategist with no medical experience, Cecile Richards, as its president.

This must have hit a nerve or two at Planned Parenthood. The first line of the official announcement on Planned Parenthood’s website read, “For the first time in nearly 50 years, a doctor will lead Planned Parenthood Federation of America.” The other doctor was, of course, Dr. Alan Guttmacher, who was the second major president of Planned Parenthood. Dr. Guttmacher was not into providing health services but focused on population control. In fact, during his time running the organization, its name was changed to Planned Parenthood—World Population. To understand the devastating worldwide effects of population control, we recommend you view this new short video by Mercedes Wilson, president of the Families of the Americas Foundation.

Although Guttmacher was the last doctor to lead Planned Parenthood, he was not the last medical professional. In 1993, after the election of Bill Clinton as president of the United States, Planned Parenthood brought in Pamela Maraldo, a nurse and head of the National League for Nursing, to “reinvent” the organization. Maraldo had first turned down the job, but after Clinton was elected and it was thought the nation would move to National Health Care, Planned Parenthood wanted her expertise to make it part of that healthcare.

Maraldo was given the job of moving Planned Parenthood from its traditional sex, birth control, and abortion advocacy into the mainstream of healthcare. She worked with the heads of some of Planned Parenthood’s largest affiliates (at the time, Planned Parenthood had a total of 168 affiliates in the country) to put together a “reinvention” plan to do just that. The plan ran into major obstacles—especially among the smaller affiliates. The internal fight, plus the fact that Clinton’s healthcare plan was rejected by Congress, led to the PPFA board giving a “no confidence” vote for Maraldo in early 1995. She resigned and Planned Parenthood resumed its historic way of operating.

The experience, however, changed Planned Parenthood’s view of how it wanted to be structured. It set about a deliberate plan to rid themselves of smaller affiliates or, at least, to merge small affiliates together and into larger affiliates with an ultimate goal of having a smaller number of affiliates with each having an income of at least $5 million. Here, in 2018, Planned Parenthood has trimmed down to just 52 affiliates and most have surpassed the $5 million objective.

So, now, we have this next doctor as head of Planned Parenthood. An immediate observation is that Dr. Wen’s philosophies don’t seem to gel with Planned Parenthood’s. Dr. Wen’s primary interest is in “Patient-Centered Care.” As a patient advocate, she wrote a critically acclaimed book titled When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. In addition, she’s given a number of TED talks. Her TED talk on transparency in medicine has been viewed over 1.8 million times.  The fact that Planned Parenthood failed to mention any of this in its announcement of her upcoming presidency should be a warning sign for her.

Dr. Wen has said that, when she was a young girl in Los Angeles, she and her mother were patients at the local Planned Parenthood. She says her experience there was a good one. She obviously thinks of Planned Parenthood as a good organization based on that personal experience some 20 years ago. But her experience is not the normal one.

As Dr. Wen takes over the reins of the organization in November, she is going to learn the real motivations behind Planned Parenthood. Although she may think it is patient-centered care, she will quickly find it is free sex, population control, eugenics, and money. In her TED talk, Wen pushed the idea of doctors telling their patients about the money they get from drug companies and other sources. She may find real resistance inside PP if the centers run by PP have to tell patients that they pay less than $2 for the birth control pills for which it is charging the patient $18 (or more). How about telling the patients that PP’s birth control products cause a suppression of the patient’s immune system and makes them more susceptible to viruses?

In 2016, NPR in Baltimore ran a profile piece on Dr. Wen. It said, in part, Trained in emergency medicine, Wen, 33, says running the health department in Baltimore is the fastest-paced job she's had. She sees herself as the city's doctor. Each overdose death weighs on her. "It's so real for me every day," Wen says. These drug-related deaths are preventable. "And when we don't do something about it or we don't do enough, we see the consequence of somebody dying," she says. "That is really immediate." If each drug overdose death in Baltimore weighed on her, can you imagine how the 880 deaths by surgical and medical abortion every day at Planned Parenthood facilities will affect her? Her only recourse will be to deny the aborted babies are human beings. But that would certainly be hard to do by a woman doctor of her intelligence.

Back in the 90s, when Wen’s family was just settling in California after fleeing China, Pamela Maraldo knew the history of the organization, tried to change it, and quickly left. We hope that when Dr, Wen realizes the true nature of the organization, she will not compromise her compassion for patients that she showed in the ER the day of the Boston marathon bombings. We hope she will stay true to her TED talk and her book. To do that, she will have to make an early exit from Planned Parenthood, as Maraldo did.

We pray for Dr. Wen as she is about to enter the devil’s lair.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a live weekly radio talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.


Planned Parenthood: new face, same legacy

By Jack Ferguson, Maura Bradley, Holly McGrath, and John Hale

(Editor’s note: The following originally appeared as a letter to the editor in THE OBSERVER—a student-run newspaper serving Notre Dame and St. Mary’s—on September 18, 2018. It is reprinted here with permission of the authors). 

 Last Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced Dr. Leana Wen as its new president and successor to Cecile Richards, who had led the organization since 2006. Dr. Wen sports quite the impressive career; she immigrated from China as a child, graduated from college at 18, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, became an emergency physician and eventually was named Health Commissioner for the city of Baltimore. Doubtless, Dr. Wen has had an outstanding career in her field—the picture of an American success story. But her impressive achievements cannot minimize the fact that she is the new head of America’s largest abortion corporation. Her progressive qualifications cannot conceal the company’s racist and eugenicist origins. And her medical work cannot distract from the fact that her organization continues to push the false narrative that they are mainly a healthcare provider, a narrative Dr. Wen is clearly committed to maintaining.

In the press release video introducing her as the new president, Dr. Wen narrates an Orwellian vision—but on behalf of an organization that kills hundreds of thousands of voiceless children a year. At one ironic moment, she proudly declares, “I want to fight for our most vulnerable individuals, on a bigger scale!” while the camera cuts to a shot of her holding her baby son. Does she not realize that among the most vulnerable and defenseless of all people are those in life’s earliest stages? Abortion, an inherently destructive act which takes the life of a person, is not life-enhancing healthcare.

Planned Parenthood claims abortion is only 3 percent of what they provide, and that abortion is essential women’s medical treatment. Former president Cecile Richards was fond of making this claim. But as journalists and activists have proved time and time again, this statistic is shamelessly distorted. The liberal magazine Slate called this piece of data “the most meaningless abortion statistic ever.” The Washington Post Fact Checker deemed this number “mostly false” with “significant factual error” based on its Pinocchio Test. In fact, in its annual report (from which we will be citing all Planned Parenthood statistics), Planned Parenthood deceptively unbundles all of its “services,” diluting the total number. A woman walking into a clinic to obtain an abortion may receive a pregnancy test and an STI test before the actual abortion, and afterward a couple contraceptives. Planned Parenthood would count its testing and a pack of pills as multiple “services” and the hundred or thousand-dollar abortion as one “service”—just a quarter of what it provided. In the 2016-17 report, Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions. Dividing that by 2.4 million patients, one finds that instead of one out of 33 women, as the 3 percent stat would imply and as Elizabeth Warren has argued on the Senate floor, in fact, about one out of seven women who go to Planned Parenthood receives an abortion.

Planned Parenthood is an abortion corporation. Their 321,384 abortions account for a third of the 1 million annual U.S. abortions. Countless figures from Hollywood to Washington have emphasized Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services, but the organization’s market shares for those services reveal their real priority. By their own numbers, Planned Parenthood’s abortions are 33 percent of the U.S. market, and approximately 30 percent of its clinical income. In stark contrast, their market share of actual lifesaving services like cancer screenings and breast exams is about 1 percent, while prenatal testing is less than 1 percent. Planned Parenthood only made 3,889 adoption referrals according to the 2016-17 report, or one adoption referral for every 83 abortions. Cecile Richards used to refer to Planned Parenthood’s mammograms as an important facet of their feminine healthcare offerings. When called in to testify before Congress, she admitted there are no mammogram machines in any Planned Parenthood facility, and the organization subsequently removed the word “mammogram” from many of its facilities’ websites.

Under the Hyde Amendment passed in 1976 and re-ratified by each new Congress since, federal law states that no taxpayer money shall be used to pay for abortion, facilitate abortion or fund any health coverage that includes abortion [except for cases of rape, incest, or life of mother]. Yet Planned Parenthood receives $500 million each year from the government, supposedly for their other healthcare services. The organization uses the guise of “healthcare” services to draw attention away from the obvious fact that the money all pays into the same pool. Planned Parenthood allocates the funds at their own discretion. With the $500 million subsidy, Planned Parenthood has more money to spend on abortions that they would otherwise need to use on various “services.” Defunding Planned Parenthood would also be justified for their history of sexual and financial abuses. In recent years, they’ve been investigated for failure to report sexual abuse in 12 cases across multiple states, and charged with fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, settling one case for $4.3 million.

Critics of Planned Parenthood are often charged with hating women and deconstructing women’s healthcare. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Proposed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood would not simply expunge the half of a billion dollars Planned Parenthood receives. The funding would be allocated to Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), a vast network of federally approved community based and locally run health clinics spread throughout the United States. They receive state funding, accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and focus on migrant, homeless and medically uninsured communities. There are 9,800 FQHCs and 4,100 RHCs in the country—a total of about 14,000 clinics —far outnumbering Planned Parenthood’s 620 nationwide locations, 23 to 1. These clinics offer comprehensive primary and preventative care including immunizations and physical exams, natural family planning services, prenatal care, OB/GYN services (pap smears, STD screenings, UTI tests, etc.), behavioral, vision, dental and pharmaceutical care, diabetes and chronic diseases management, gynecological surgery, pediatrics, geriatric care. FQHCs and RHCs are geared towards students and teens with unexpected pregnancies. They provide actual pregnancy and parenting resources to mothers so they can keep their children. Planned Parenthood’s service pales in comparison. It would be incredibly beneficial to women’s healthcare to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect it to these clinics that offer a far superior range of services. This authentic community support to mothers before, during and after birth would help make abortion an unthinkable option in our country. 

Something else Dr. Wen must reckon with as the new president is Planned Parenthood’s founder, the self-avowed racist and eugenicist Margaret Sanger, in whose name the organization hands out an award each year. Sanger founded the organization to bring contraception and abortion into poor black communities to slowly and efficiently eliminate them. “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she wrote in a letter to a friend. This same woman wrote in her book “Woman and the New Race” that she desired to found the “materials of a new race,” so as “to develop in America a new race with a racial soul.” Other revelatory quotes from Margaret Sanger include excerpts from her essay “A Plan For Peace.” There, she argued that America ought to “keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as the feebleminded, idiots, morons, the insane, syphilitics, epileptics, criminals and others in this class,” and that it would be desirable to enforce “a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” Sanger also wrote that “the most immoral practice of our day is breeding too many children. The most merciful thing the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Planned Parenthood’s antiseptic, eugenicist ideals continue in the 21st century, where over half—just above 55 percent—of African-American children are aborted in New York City, and 70 to 90 percent of children with Down Syndrome are aborted nationwide.

Planned Parenthood’s central service is abortion, and not mainstream healthcare. They take the lives of 320,000 unborn children every year, and rob 320,000 women and men of the gift of motherhood and fatherhood. Dr. Leana Wen seems poised to carry on this legacy.

The authors of this article are all students at Notre Dame University and members of Notre Dame Right to Life.

Leana Wen timeline

To give you a picture of who the new president of Planned Parenthood is, we scoured a number of sources and pieced together this timeline:

1983 Born January 27, 1983 (now 35 years old)

1996 Entered California State University, Los Angeles (at age 13)

2001 Graduated from Cal State LA Summa Cum Laude

2002 Entered Washington University in St. Louis medical school

2005 Wen took a one-year leave of absence from medical school to serve as the national president of the American Medical Student Association. She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services to serve on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress.  

2007 Graduated Washington University in St. Louis medical school

2009 Completed 2-years of Masters Programs (an Master of Science in Economic and Social History and an Master of Science in Modern Chinese Studies) at Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar)

2010 Wen served as chair of the Young Professionals Council, a global leadership network of medical, nursing, and public health professionals.

2010 - 2013 Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital—was in ER on day of bombings of the Boston marathon.

2013 St. Martin's Press published her book, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. 

2013 - 2014 Served as the Director of Patient-Centered Care Research, Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Milken School of Public Health, at George Washington University. She also co-directed the Residency Fellowship in Health Policy and co-led a new national collaboration on health policy and social mission with Kaiser Permanente.

She served as a consultant to the Brookings Institution and the China Medical Board, and conducted international health systems research including in South Africa, Slovenia, Nigeria, Singapore, and China.

2015 Appointed Health Commissioner by mayor of the City of Baltimore

2016 Re-appointed as Health Commissioner by new mayor

2018 Will be president of PPFA effective November 12

She speaks around the world on patient empowerment, healthcare reform, and Who’s My Doctor, a campaign she founded that aims for transparency in medicine.

By all accounts, Dr. Wen is a truly smart professional who quickly moved up the ranks of healthcare professionals until she became the “Doctor for the City” in Baltimore, MD. While there for the last two-plus years, she launched many new efforts and was highly regarded. Perhaps it was an opportunity to head the organization she patronized during her high school and college years when she was relieved at a negative pregnancy test. Or, maybe it was the lure of money. As Health Commissioner in Baltimore, Wen was paid $212,000 a year. Her predecessor at Planned Parenthood received total income of $744,833 in 2017. Of course, Cecile Richards had to oversee an organization that committed 321,384 abortions last year to get that much—but money is money. 

Planned Parenthood's Kangaroo Court

Innocent until proven guilty. Reasonable doubt. These legal terms should be familiar to the average American. They’re all standards of criminal proceedings whereby the accused is protected from punishment until evidence proves otherwise. Planned Parenthood has never heard of them, or at least they pretend they haven’t.

When a woman came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of “attempted rape’”36 years ago, Planned Parenthood erupted on social media. According to Planned Parenthood’s tweets, Kavanaugh should not be given a seat on the nation’s highest court—not because he’s guilty, but because he’s accused:

Planned Parenthood tweets that an accusation is grounds for disqualification. With only an accusation and zero evidence, Planned Parenthood even adopted a hashtag:

It isn’t shameful to “defend alleged abusers,” because the accused has a right to a defense. That’s justice. But Planned Parenthood isn’t interested in justice. It wants Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote suspended based exclusively on an accusation.

If accusations are grounds for dismissal, as Planned Parenthood claims, then its own government funding ought to be nixed by the weight of accusations levied against it. Not only does the Center for Medical Progress accuse Planned Parenthood of the illegal sale of baby body parts, it presents video evidence of its employees negotiating prices.

In 2014, Planned Parenthood is accused of hiding the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in Alabama.

Former Planned Parenthood employees admit a systemic failure to report instances of the sexual abuse of underage girls.

Data and evidence are immaterial to Planned Parenthood. The biological, human reality of the preborn child is cast aside for a phantom “reproductive justice.” If Planned Parenthood can willfully condemn an innocent child who committed no crime, it will certainly condemn a man merely accused of one.