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Planned Parenthood President: ‘Board Ended My Employment at a Secret Meeting’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 16, 2019 | 5:05 PM EDT

Dr. Leana Wen
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“I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” Planned Parenthood President and CEO Dr. Leana Wen announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon:

Wen cited “philosophical differences” with the board as the reason for her dismissal:

“I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. My statement to come shortly.”

Moments later, Wen posted her statement on Twitter, reiterating that “the new Board Chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”

In her statement, Wen argues that abortion should not be treated as a political issue, but as one of health care:

“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.”

 

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