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The recently ousted former president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, is mired in a dispute with her former employer that she's accusing of attempting to silence her.
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In a private letter Wen sent to Planned Parenthood board members that was subsequently leaked to The New York Times, she took issue with her severance package, arguing that it required her to sign away her ability to speak truthfully.
Wen was ousted in July over philosophical differences about the direction of the nation's largest abortion business.
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In the 1,400-word letter, Wen said Planned Parenthood was withholding health insurance and her severance as “ransom” in exchange for a restrictive confidentiality agreement.
“No amount of money can ever buy my integrity and my commitment to the patients I serve,” Wen said.
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In much of her messaging during her eight-month tenure at the helm, Wen, a former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, sought to present Planned Parenthood as a healthcare provider, and frequently referred to abortion as being an essential part of "women's healthcare."
Wen is now saying that the organization operates with a "stridently political, abortion-first philosophy,” that diminished her broader emphasis on healthcare for women.
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"It is deeply hypocritical [that Planned Parenthood] would attempt to enforce a gag order on its immediate past President/CEO while fighting the Trump administration’s gag rule on Title X providers,” Wen asserted.
The gag rule she cited was the departure Planned Parenthood made from the federal Title X family planning program. The Trump administration finalized regulations earlier this year stipulating that grantees receiving government funds do not perform or refer for abortions, thus precipitating Planned Parenthood's exit.
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