President of Planned Parenthood says ‘core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care’

Yesterday, Buzzfeed did an extensive piece on Planned Parenthood and interviewed their new president, Leana Wen. The headline read “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortion Health Care” and discussed at length how Wen is looking at ways to change the perception of Planned Parenthood as an abortion provider and instead focus on expanding services not normally offered at their clinics.

Wen is the first physician to be appointed Planned Parenthood president in nearly 50 years, and on Jan. 9, she is kicking off a five-month listening tour of 20 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country. The aim of the trip is to learn how best to add or expand nonabortion services that are not normally associated with Planned Parenthood, like treatment for opioid addiction, diabetes management, and mental health counseling.

“The last thing I would want is people to get the impression that we are backing off of our core services,” Wen said. “What we will always be here to do is provide abortion access as part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care, it’s who we are. But we also recognize that for so many of our patients we are their only source of health care.”

But after the article was published, Wen took to Twitter to express her disappointment with the piece, saying “I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood.”

She went on to clarify, saying “our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight – it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake.”

Wen plans to continue fighting anti-abortion legislation at the ballot box and criticized restrictions placed on the procedure in recent months.

Planned Parenthood has always been about abortion but at least they are admitting it now.

 

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