On Tuesday, July 16, the President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was removed from her position by the Board Chairs.
In an open statement posted to Twitter, Dr. Wen claimed her removal was due to “philosophical differences” between her and the Board’s vision for the abortion organization’s future. In a separate letter to her colleagues, Dr. Wen stated the differences arose from her goals to refocus Planned Parenthood as a health care provider. She continued, “The new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy.”
The removal of Dr. Wen is a clear indication that Planned Parenthood is a political organization whose main goal is abortion, and not the health care of its patients.
On Fox News, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini commented on Dr. Wen’s dismissal: “Make no mistake, Planned Parenthood is a political machine and their bottom line is about abortion, not healthcare.”
The first half of 2019 has brought a few dark moments, and, conversely, many bright spots with regard to building a culture of life.
On the unfortunate end, several states passed the most extreme laws our country has ever seen, such as New York and Illinois passing “Reproductive Health Acts” allowing abortion up until birth, and, in the case of Illinois, create a “right” to abortion through reproductive health language.
These laws are in stark contrast to what the majority of Americans support. The fact is that the large majority of Americans for eleven years strong have consensus – a pro-life consensus.
Thankfully, we have also seen many states taking action to reflect the pro-life consensus and to protect the most vulnerable in the womb.
For example, in Louisiana, one of our 2019 March for Life speakers, Representative Katrina Jackson, was instrumental in passing legislation that would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected. The bill was signed into law by her fellow Democrat, Governor John Bel Edwards. Many other states have passed life-affirming laws as well!
The pro-life consensus in America is bi-partisan. Eleven years of polling reveal that 75% of Americans would limit abortion to- at most – the first three months of pregnancy. Even 6 out of 10 pro-choice Americans believe that abortion should have real, legal limits! And, two-thirds of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had the opportunity to talk about this pro-life consensus on the Ingraham Angle on Fox News last week.
Watch this powerful clip in which she emphatically states that social justice begins in the womb.
Even in the midst of the extreme abortion bills being introduced, or signed into law, we have seen pro-life Americans react with truth and love to the human rights abuse of today, as Jeanne Mancini describes abortion.