The battles against the White House and several states over abortion rights has taken its toll on Planned Parenthood’s leadership.
Dr. Leana Wen, who was the first doctor to lead Planned Parenthood, was fired from her role as president on Tuesday.
Too Many Obstacles
Whether or not you can blame Wen for the struggles of the organization remains to be seen. However, as the saying goes, heads must roll when things are going badly. When sports players are underperforming, owners fire coaches.
With Planned Parenthood locked into several legal battles and grant and aid money drying up, something had to be done.
So the Planned Parenthood board decided it was best to part ways with Wen. The organization’s president did not even know she was being removed until after the story broke.
Planned Parenthood board members had a secret meeting to discuss the future of the agency. Then, another publication broke the story, which is when Wen learned of her fate.
Trying a Different Approach
Political battles are nothing new to Planned Parenthood, but that is something Wen tried to change.
Wen recently stated: “I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who understand reproductive health care as the fundamental health care that it is.”
That particular angle is something Dems have tried to stress, but it is having little impact on how Republicans look at this issue, especially when it comes to handing out money.
She had failed to make any type of progress during her reign, which was apparently the breaking point for the board.
Another board member will serve as the temporary president in the absence of Wen.
The organization does not seem to be a big rush to fill the position, announcing it won’t even start its search for Wen’s replacement until next year in the hopes of having a replacement by the end of 2020.