By Dave Andrusko
It’s been a while since Planned Parenthood announced that Dr. Leana Wen would succeed Cecile Richards as the president of an abortion machine that each year takes the lives of over 320,000 unborn babies. For performing about one-third of all the abortions in the United States, PPFA takes in at least $150 million in annual revenues. But Wen did not assume the helm until this week.
As Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC Director of Education & Research wrote in September:
In contrast to Richards, who had extensive experience as a political organizer and activist, Wen is a public health official with actual medical training. This is being universally interpreted as signaling that Planned Parenthood thought it important to reemphasize its image as a healthcare provider after years of abortion-centered political campaigns and high-profile fights with Congress. However, no doubt PPFA’s massive political involvement will continue unabated.
In the intervening two months, Wen has shown that while she is not the political operative Richards was and is, she knows how to package her “service.” She has the talking points down pat, including the gibberish about abortion constituting just “3%” of all Planned Parenthood’s “health services.”
Did anyone expect that installing a physician would diminish Planned Parenthood’s abortion crusade? We sure didn’t, and no doubt neither did the PPFA board that selected her.
In honor of her ascension, the ultra-pro-abortion Guardian newspaper published a flattering—actually gushing profile—today. And guess what?
Naturally Jessica Glenza begins with poor little Planned Parenthood (which has more powerful allies than you can shake a stick at) under siege. Wen hops on board at “a time of unprecedented attacks on the organization’s values and work.”
Glenza quotes Wen’s answer, the core is which they ain’t playing defense.
“There is huge unmet need across our country, and it is our moral imperative to provide care for all those who need us,” Wen said, with the torch-carrying conviction of an emergency room physician who has seen too much in too little time. “I plan to expand our services, and expand our reach.”
And, as pro-lifers have illustrated ad infinitum, even as virtually all its genuine health services for women have diminished, Planned Parenthood not only keeps killing unborn babies, it also is cornering more and more of the abortion market.
MCCL’s Paul Stark, citing figures from Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports, writes that even as the number of abortions has remained relatively stable in recent years
Contraceptive services have dropped 30 percent since 2009. Cancer screenings (mostly manual breast exams and pap tests) have dropped 64 percent. “Prenatal services” (which were always very rare) have plummeted 81 percent. “Total services” provided by Planned Parenthood are down 15 percent.
Not to be redundant, but the point of installing a physician, the first in 50 years, to lead Planned Parenthood was merely to give a medical face to a deadly “health service”—the annihilation of unborn babies.