NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Planned Parenthood's former CEO is slamming the organization, revealing it has an "abortion-first philosophy" and it's trying to "buy her silence."
Leana Wen, the former CEO of Planned Parenthood who was fired in July, is slamming the organization for leaking a private letter regarding a "contractual matter" between her and the board of directors to The New York Times.
In a tweet on Sept. 14, Wen accuses Planned Parenthood of leaking the letter and discloses the organization is breaking their employment contract with her by withholding her severance pay and refusing to pay her family's health insurance unless she signs a gag clause.
Wen adds, "I will never sign a gag clause that takes away my voice as a public health expert. I will never compromise my integrity and commitment to the patients I serve."
The New York Times published key parts of Wen's letter to the abortion giant, saying "there is a vocal minority" of influential PP members "who prefer a stridently political, abortion-first philosophy." She also noted she was prevented from addressing the full board of directors.
Wen was fired in July after being the abortion giant's CEO for eight months. She tweeted news of her departure on July 16, stating her shock at the breakdown of ongoing "good faith negotiations" regarding her separation "based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood."
In a follow-up statement, she opposed the abortion giant's overtly political emphasis, claiming it was hurting the organization.
"The best way to protect abortion is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one," she said.
She calls out Planned Parenthood's difference in tactics, saying, "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," adding, "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."
She finishes her July statement with, "I will always stand by Planned Parenthood," but since her Sept. 9 letter, she did not repeat her allegiance to the organization.
Instead, she reminds the organizations of its "contractual obligations to its employees," which The New York Times interpreted as a veiled threat to legal action.
The day after her tweet, Planned Parenthood said, "The New Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy," rather than on Wen's focus on trying to de-emphasize abortion.
Sources also claimed Wen was a poor manager and slammed her for policies like insisting that "[a]ll emails from Dr. Wen sent the night before should be answered immediately before anything else is done."
Before her rift with Planned Parenthood, Wen wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post describing the pain and loss she and her husband suffered due to a recent miscarriage, saying:
Though I worried about how I would do my demanding job with two small children, I also believed that fulfilling my deep desire to expand our family would send a strong message for the organization I represent: We support all people in their decisions when and whether to become parents.
The New York Times concluded that Wen's comments in the article, which were done without consultation with others at Planned Parenthood, fell too far to the right of the abortion giant's typical rhetoric.