(Reuters) – The leader of reproductive services provider Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its political arm said on Tuesday that she was leaving both organizations over philosophical differences in their approaches to abortion rights.
Dr. Leana Wen, the first physician in nearly 50 years to lead the federation and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said she took the job last September intending to advocate for a broad range of public health policies, not just abortion.
The federation’s board, however, decided to “double down” on making abortion rights a key priority as the group engages in legal and political battles after some states passed severe restrictions women’s ability to terminate pregnancies, Wen said.
“With the landscape changing dramatically in the last several months and the right to safe, legal abortion care under attack like never before, I understand the shift in the board’s prioritization,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter….
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