Planned Parenthood Terminates Presidency After Eight Months

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is the largest nonprofit provider of abortion care in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said the abortion provider's "doors are still open".

Ms. Wen said she and the board, prior to Tuesday's dismissal, had been "engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood".

The move occurs at one of the most hard moments in the group's history.

The Trump administration announced on Monday that its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortion services will take effect immediately. The laws are being challenged in court, and abortion is still legal in all 50 USA states. The organization said a new president will be in place by the end of 2020. "I thank Dr. Wen for her service and her commitment to patients".

The organization did not address the philosophical differences described by Wen.

In a letter to her colleagues at Planned Parenthood, Wen said she had believed its primary mission was to be a health care organization, more so than an advocacy organization.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has appointed Alexis McGill Johnson as the organization's acting chief executive officer.

Wen previously served as the health commission for Baltimore, Maryland, and before that was an emergency room physician.

The Trump administration's ban on taxpayer-funded family planning clinics referring women for abortions has prompted a major provider in ME to announce it is dropping out of the program after almost 50 years.

Ahead of a Tuesday HHS conference, the administration formally notified clinics that it will begin to enforce the ban on abortion referrals as well as a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions.

The Protect Life Rule will strip about $60 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood, whose clinics both refer for abortion services and are co-located with abortion facilities.

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. Women's rights groups expressed alarm Tuesday at the impact of immediate enforcement of the rule.

"For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding".

The administration is also now engaged in a number of legal battles to allow healthcare workers greater latitude to opt out of performing procedures that violate their conscience and to allow religious employers to refuse to provide contraception as part of their employees' healthcare coverage.