Leana Wen out as Planned Parenthood president, Leana Wen's Brief, Tumultuous Tenure at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood removed its president, Leana Wen, Tuesday, after less than a year on the job. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, was fired yesterday in a “secret meeting.”
More details are emerging that shed light on why the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and its political action fund pushed out Dr. Leana Wen less than a year into her tenure as president, and the picture the allegations paint is not a pretty one.
Wen, in a Twitter post, said she learned that Planned Parenthood's board "ended my employment at a secret meeting." She indicated the board wanted more emphasis on political advocacy, while she sought to prioritize Planned Parenthood's role as a provider of health care services ranging from birth control to cancer screenings.
When Wen was first in talks with the search committee, she asked about Planned Parenthood’s mission. “Did they see Planned Parenthood as an advocacy organization first, with medical services that are necessary to strengthen its impact, or did they see Planned Parenthood as a health care organization first, with advocacy as a necessary vehicle to protect rights and access?” Her view was the latter, and she got the job.
Alexis McGill Johnson has been named acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and acting president of its political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In terms of strategy, Wen is likely correct. According to Gallup’s most recent polling from May of this year, the majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal “only in certain circumstances.”