Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, even though they regularly argue that abortion comprises only a small percentage of their services. Last week, Dr. Leana Wen was named president of the abortion giant, which kills more than 300,000 unborn babies every single year.
Wen, who will replace outgoing president Cecile Richards, is a physician and well-known abortion advocate, who famously advocated for forcing pregnancy centers in Baltimore to promote abortion.
Wen is currently the Commissioner of Health for Baltimore, and has used the position to put her pro-abortion beliefs at the forefront of her work. In 2009, Wen was brought to court by the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, a Christian nonprofit, for trying to force them to place signs in their waiting rooms clarifying that they did not offer abortions.
The Baltimore court ruled in favor of the pro-life medical center, citing free speech as their basis for the ruling.
Wen was only appointed Wednesday, but she is already making headlines for the statements she has made about her new employer, including her claim that Planned Parenthood does “life-saving work,” a great irony that wasn’t lost on the pro-life media.
“Never mind the Planned Parenthood is responsible for killing more people each and every year then cancer, guns or cigarettes,” Life News wrote in response to Wen’s outrageous comment.
On Wednesday, Wen released her first official statement forPlanned Parenthood, saying how honored she feels to have been chosen for the role.
“For more than 100 years, no organization has done more for women’s health than Planned Parenthood, and I’m truly honored to be named its president,” she said.
“As a patient, I depended on Planned Parenthood for medical care at various times in my own life, and as a public health leader, I have seen firsthand the lifesaving work it does for our most vulnerable communities,” she said. “As a doctor, I will ensure we continue to provide high-quality health care, including the full range of reproductive care, and will fight with everything I have to protect the access of millions of patients who rely on Planned Parenthood.”
In an introductory video, Wen explains how watching a female patient die because of a botched abortion is what has made her so passionate about the topic.
Wen has experience working with Planned Parenthood, as she oversaw a lawsuit Baltimore filed against the Trump administration earlier this year amid an attempt to defund the abortion giant, Life News reported. But instead of cutting funding altogether, the Trump administration established a program to reroute taxpayer dollars to teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Each year Planned Parenthood aborts around 320,000 unborn babies at various stages of gestation and has an income of $1.46 billion, half a billion of which they receive from taxpayer dollars.
Not only do they receive large amounts of funding through taxpayers, but their pregnancy prevention programs don’t show much yield in results. As Life News notes, their curriculum for middle schoolers called “Get Real” encourages children as young as sixth grade to feel “comfortable and ready” for sex.
Life News pointed out that in the past, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for encouraging young teenagers to try sadomasochistic activities like gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores and viewing pornography.
Wen believes that access to abortion is a fundamental female right, as well as an economic justice issue.
This past weekend, Wen spoke to Bustle, a pro-abortion blog, about an experience that shaped this view:
AM: [D]o you view a legal right to an abortion more as a question of a right to privacy or as a question of economic justice?
LW: It’s both and more. I see it first as a health issue because I’ve seen what happens when women don’t have access to medical care, including safe, legal abortions. Working in the ER, I treated a young woman who came in lying in a pool of blood, without a pulse. We did everything we could in the ER to try to save her, but we failed, and she died. And it turns out that she didn’t have access to health care and resorted to having her cousin attempt an abortion on her at home.
This is what’s at stake when women don’t have access to health care, and when women don’t have access to safe, legal abortions. It’s a health care issue. It’s also an economic justice issue. It’s also a privacy issue. Why should government and politicians be making decisions for women about their bodies and their health?
Wen definitely has experience and a proven track record to make her a good candidate to head up the abortion giant. She will leave her position as the Commissioner of Health for Baltimore on Oct. 12 to assume her new role.
(H/T: Life News)