The president of Planned Parenthood said Tuesday afternoon that she had been dumped as leader of the nation’s largest abortion provider less than nine months into the job.
“I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” Leana Wen, the group’s first Asian-American leader, wrote on Twitter.
I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. My statement to come shortly.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 16, 2019
According to Buzzfeed, Ms. Wen was removed after having taken leadership of the group in November, because she was not a zealous enough public advocate.
“The group felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to fight the efforts to roll back access to abortions,” reporter Ema O’Connor wrote on Twitter.
Ms. Wen was the first actual doctor to lead Planned Parenthood for 50 years, according to Buzzfeed.