Planned Parenthood's president was disqualified from her work in a dispute over her management on Tuesday. Style and direction of the largest organization for women's reproductive rights in the country in the face of growing political and legal challenges in abortion.
The Planned Parenthood board met in an emergency meeting on Tuesday and approved Leana Wen's immediate departure just eight months after taking office.  The move is one of the most difficult moments in the history of the group. The organization faces a growing financial risk from a Trump management rule that came into effect on Monday, except when state-funded family planning clinics make transfers for abortions. It is also being attacked by state and federal anti-abortion legislators, and there is a threat that the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion could be overturned by the new conservative majority of the Supreme Court.
Since Cunningham arrived in May, she has been fighting with new CEO Aimee Cunningham for leadership of the organization. Wen has sought to reorient the organization's mission and image as a healthcare provider offering a wide range of services, including abortions. She replaced a number of top officials in the organization with people who supported this approach.
Those close to him said they had been rejected by some board members and others who wanted to emphasize the organization's commitment to abortion rights.
But One Person Conscious of the board's perspective, the organization had worked with Wen for six months to correct the "continuing misalignment with the mission and create a culture of mistrust and mistrust among employees."
The person requesting anonymity because the members of the board were the Only those who were authorized to speak for Planned Parenthood said that Wen had a "very insular style" and a micro-managed job that "not in their fields of expertise.
In a statement, the organization announced the appointment of Alexis McGill Johnson, a former CEO, as acting president, and said the search for a new president would begin early next year with the goal to have a new chairman by the end of next year to appoint year.
Johnson said in the statement that she plans to "facilitate a smooth change of leadership at this critical moment for the planned parenting and the patients and communities we serve."
Under the new Trump management rule for family planning clinics, Planned Parenting is expected to lose about $ 60 million a year – a blow that could change the nature of reproductive services for poor women and girls across the country. The move by the Federal Ministry of Health and Human Services on Monday could force providers to reduce the breadth of health services they offer, including birth control, cancer screening, abortion, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases, such as Planned Parenting. The rule is also expected to enable more faith-based groups to focus on persuading women to continue their pregnancies and most forms of contraception may not be offered to receive federal funding.
In the first 24 hours after being announced by HHS Two family planning organizations – Planned Parenthood of Illinois and an independent clinic receiving only a grant from Maine – announced that they would no longer accept federal funds to continue referring patients for abortions ,
The US $ 260 million Family Planning Program serves 4 million women with low-cost or free health services, including mammograms and Pap smears. About 40 percent of these patients are currently treated by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. Women's rights groups were alarmed on Tuesday about the impact of the immediate enforcement of the rule.
Abortion is a medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer money to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the abortion life of the woman.
The most controversial part of the rule – the ban on abortion counseling or referral offers, which critics refer to as the "gag rule" – is immediately enforced, HHS said. Violations could lose federal funds.
"It is ruthless and will hurt those whom HHS is intended to serve." Michelle Kuppersmith, Equity Forward Director, a The watchdog project focused on reproductive health, a statement said.
Planned parenting was brought into the spotlight by opponents in 2015 when two anti-abortion activists posing as representatives of a biomedical research firm secretly recorded a video of their conversation with an affiliate. Officials discussed, among other things, the tissue donation of the organization of aborted ones Fetuses for biomedical research purposes.
The activists released a heavily edited version of the video that was intended to show that the organization benefits from the fabric – a claim that the group has vehemently denied
Wen was appointed president of Planned Parenthood last November succeeded Cecile Richards The high-profile president of the organization over the past twelve years.
Wen, who was trained as an emergency doctor, was Baltimore's health commissioner for four years. She used this position to talk about the policies of the Trump administration, which they believe violates women's reproductive rights. She rejected changes in the family planning policy of the administration and organized doctors and other health professionals against the rule. She was also one of the loudest advocates of treatments and other services for drug addicts.
A native of Shanghai, she emigrated to the United States at the age of seven and lived in Utah and California. At the age of 13, she began college, went to medical school, and eventually became a Rhodes scholar.