Minority Woman Raised In Poverty Chosen To Lead Organization That Targets Poor Minority Women
When Cecille Richards resigned as the president of Planned Parenthood of America earlier this year, the leading abortion provider had to make some serious decisions about its future. Richards, a white woman had led the organization for 12 years. So Planned Parenthood decided to make a bold move with their next selection. Yesterday they announced the next leader would be accomplished Dr. Leana Wen.
“We had an opportunity to make a real statement with this next hire,” says Judy Tharp, who led the search for the next president. “We’ve primarily had white men and women lead our organization. At this stage we thought, let’s do something outside of the box. Let’s hire someone who represents the very people we are targeting for abortions. Our primary focus is in minority poor communities… and we abort girls at a higher rate than boys. It is easy to pick a rich white guy to lead a group that oppresses poor black women and destroys their children. Look at the KKK. White men lead that movement. But are they actually getting rid of many poor black women? No. They aren’t. What we’ve done is said, ‘We are already going after poor minority women… and here is a minority woman who grew up poor leading the charge. She knows what it is like to be in your shoes. Trust her to kill your babies.’”
Not only is Wen a minority female from a poor family, but she is also an immigrant whose family fled China when she was 8 years-old. Former Planned Parenthood president Richards says this is a great asset to the abortion movement. “We see all of these immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border. That is inhumane. We think it is much better to fight for the abortion of immigrant children so they won’t have to grow up as poor, immigrant girls of color like the wildly successful Dr. Wen did. We fought and won the right to abort illegal immigrants earlier this year. So this is obviously a good move.”
Dr. Wen is 35 years old, born in 1983. The year Wen was born there were 1,268,987 abortions performed in America, which is 349 for every 1000 live births. Of course, Wen was born in China. There are 13,000,000 abortions in China every year. By the time Wen moved to America, 10,500,000 babies had been aborted in America in her short 8 years. Wen has said she is glad to be given the opportunity to lead an organization that has had such an impact on women.