PPFA names new president but aura of scandal remains

Planned Parenthood has named Dr. Leana Wen as its new president but continues to carry its scandal-plagued reputation as the country's No. 1 abortion provider. Screen capture from YouTube

By Tom Strode - Posted at Baptist Press:

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood has a doctor as its new president but continues to carry its scandal-plagued reputation as the country's No. 1 abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) the selection of Leana Wen as the sixth president in its century-long history. Wen has been health commissioner of the city of Baltimore for the last 3 1/2 years and becomes the first physician to head the organization in nearly 50 years.

Wen, who succeeds Cecile Richards after her 12-year tenure, takes over Planned Parenthood three years after undercover videos were first released that provided evidence the organization was trading in body parts from aborted babies. The investigation by the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) prompted congressional examination of the organization and a reported investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as renewed federal defunding efforts.

Planned Parenthood has continued to receive more than $500 million a year in government funds despite the reports and investigations as well as its record of performing more than 300,000 abortions annually.

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