EVANSVILLE –  Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, the first physician to head the abortion provider in 50 years, was removed by the organization’s board after serving in the role for less than a year. 

Dr. Wen encouraged her team to emphasize her medical credentials, kicking off her presidency with a campaign called “This Is Healthcare,” highlighting Planned Parenthood’s role outside of politics and drawing a contrast with her predecessor, Cecile Richards. “I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a healthcare one,” Wen wrote in a statement about her sudden termination.

Reports from within the organization suggest that Dr. Wen’s management style unsettled some, including a deep mistrust of staff, but a markedly different vision appears to have been a driving force behind her termination. 

Planned Parenthood’s public messaging frequently butts heads with the contention that it is anything but a healthcare provider. There are the well-worn lines that abortions are only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does, the assertion that their healthcare services are robust and vital, and on and on. Against the accusation that they are fundamentally an ideological machine relentlessly dedicated to the positive promotion — not just the availability — of abortion, they push back hard.

It seems Dr. Wen took that messaging seriously and tried to manage the organization accordingly. The organization rebelled.

There’s more: Dr. Wen also refused to demonstrate contempt for ordinary people and common sense. She appears to have obliquely affirmed that only women may have pregnancies — a thoughtcrime on the social-justice progressive left — and that the sensibilities of Midwesterners ought to be respected. Biological fact and existential truth being anathema, and loathing of flyover-America being pervasive, this was too much. She had to go.

Dr. Leana Wen is, of course, an absolutist abortion ideologue. She believes that killing children in the womb is a right, and she was perfectly willing to make herself the public face of that right. But she misunderstood the true nature of the organization and the movement she briefly helmed. Planned Parenthood is not a health provider. It is not even principally about abortion, although abortion is the major issue by which it advances its end. It is a vanguard organization on the progressive left, moving relentlessly toward the total eradication of the base units of human existence — gender, motherhood, family — in the interest of replacement by a wholly new structure and understanding resting upon the unfettered individual will.

She didn’t get that. She believed the public line. She bought the lie. So she had to go. 

Claybourn is an Evansville attorney and an HPI contributor.