Planned Parenthood Chooses Chinese Immigrant as Its New President

By Melanie Arter | September 12, 2018 | 6:16 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen (Screenshot)

( - Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, announced Wednesday that it has selected Dr. Leana Wen as its new president, the first time in nearly 50 years that a doctor will lead the organization.

As a child, Wen immigrated to the U.S. with her parents from Shanghai, China, and they were granted political asylum and became U.S. citizens in 2003.

“A community advocate and emergency physician,” Wen served as health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, “the oldest continuously-operated health department in the United States, since 2015.”

“As someone whose been on the frontlines of fighting for health care, first as an ER doctor and then a leader in public health, Dr. Wen fiercely believes health care is a right for all. And she knows what it’s like to be a Planned Parenthood patient: growing up in an immigrant family, Dr. Wen came to Planned Parenthood for care,” Planned Parenthood stated on its website.

“Dr. Wen has dedicated her career to expanding access to health care for the most vulnerable communities, reducing health disparities, and finding innovative solutions to address public health problems. Known as the ‘Doctor for the City’ in Baltimore, she oversees more than 1,000 employees with an annual budget of $130 million; two clinics that provide more than 18,000 patients with reproductive health services; and medical programs for 180 Baltimore schools,” it added.

Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and current head of And Then There Were None, called Wen’s selection “a disappointing move.”

“Media reports indicate Dr. Wen is a fierce advocate of 'women's health' and has fought for Title X government funding for taxpayer funding of groups that perform abortions. As a doctor, she should know better than anyone the harm abortion causes to women and the fatal end that the baby always meets, which is exactly what Planned Parenthood promotes under the guise of 'women's health,'” Johnson said in a statement.

Johnson also found it “unsettling” at Wen’s “failure to take a stance against the abhorrent forced abortions in her native country.”

“If she truly believes in female empowerment, she would spend more time fighting for them and less time fighting bureaucracy," Johnson added.

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said, “If Planned Parenthood was truly serious about advocating for women, they would hire someone as their president who understands medicine and, because of that knowledge, accepts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction.

“Instead, they have hired a medical professional who does not understand the true nature of abortion and is more a political activist than women's health advocate,” Nance said in a statement.

Her background “as an emergency room doctor and her time as Baltimore’s health commissioner should give her perspective on the real healthcare needs of women,” Nance said.

“Dr. Wen has the opportunity to change the trajectory of Planned Parenthood and address the full range of services needed by poor women. It’s time for Planned Parenthood to change their business model instead of pushing their abortion agenda,” she added.

Nance also spoke out against China’s one-child policy, which lead to forced abortions and sex selective abortions.

“Dr. Wen was just a child when she left China, but she was born in a nation with an authoritarian government that forced abortions under their One Child Policy for more than three decades. We know the devastating impact of that policy. If Dr. Wen cares for women, we ask that she rely on her expertise as a doctor instead of her political activism," she added.

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