Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen wants to focus on the health of the services the organization offers, including the treatment for addiction or depression, ” she said in an interview.
As Planned Parenthood’s new president, Leana Wen wants to concentrate on the organisation of health care.
Wen told BuzzFeed News she hopes to see Planned Parenthood affiliates, services expand to be able to the treatment of problems such as depression or addiction, including increasing the number of Planned Parenthood centers that have naloxone, a drug that counters opioid overdoses. Wen, 35, is the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in almost 50 years.
“People do not come to a planned parenthood to make a political statement,” Wen told BuzzFeed News. “They come because they have their vaccinations. They have their well-women exams. They get an HIV test.”
“The last thing I would want is that people get the impression that we are backing off of our core services,” she said. “What we will always be here to do is abortion access as part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care; it is who we are. But we also recognize that so many of our patients we are their only source of care.”
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Still, Wen told BuzzFeed they wish to continue with the political work the organization has done, in particular with the involvement in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Wen, who fled to the U.S. from China when she was only 8 years old, has been critical of the Trump administration. While Baltimore health commissioner, the Maryland city successfully sued the Trump administration, after it cut funding for the grants that went in the direction of teen pregnancy prevention programs. Ultimately, a federal court obliged the administration to restore about $5 million in grant money to the programs, The Baltimore Sun reported last year.
“I am hopeful that the value of the science and the evidence will continue to be recognized, and I look forward to meet our responsibility of protecting the health and ensuring the well-being of our youth,” Wen said at the time.
Wen managed Cecile Richards head of planned parenthood in November. Richards was seen as a more political leader and once referred to the Trump administration as “the worst for the woman that I’ve seen in my life.”
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Wen was also behind the website “Who’s My Doctor” in 2014 that focused on the disclosure of information about doctors, including their political preferences, views on abortion and whether or not they received no external funding.
Planned Parenthood recently came under fire after employees accused the organization of mishandling of a number of its pregnant employees. Carolina Delgado, who previously worked in the Miami office, told The New York Times that it was” looked down on the for you to get pregnant.”
Ta’Lisa Hairston, who worked in a White Plains, New York, clinic, said her managers ignored medical notes to recommend them to take a break and would rarely give her time for a lunch break.
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“I believe that we must do better than we are today,” Wen said in response to the allegations. “It is our obligation to do better, for our employees, for their families and for our patients.”