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September 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the United States, announced yesterday that its new president is Dr. Leana Wen, the 35-year-old health commissioner of Baltimore and a doctor with an impressive résumé.

Wen seems very different from her predecessor Cecile Richards, who abruptly resigned earlier this year. Richards brought her political clout within the Democratic party (she’s the daughter of the late Texas governor Ann Richards) and fundraising prowess to Planned Parenthood. As a doctor, Wen now brings “credibility” to its mission of committing abortions. She is also finally a younger face for the abortion movement, known for its aging leaders and abortionists.

Right off the bat, Wen’s appointment and testimony of why she supports Planned Parenthood raise some questions:

1. What is your stance on forced abortion in China?

In her introductory video, Wen explains that she and her parents came to the U.S. with $40 to their name. Her parents were political dissidents. They were granted asylum to the U.S. in the years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when forced abortion through China’s “one child policy” was rampant.

International Planned Parenthood helped the Chinese government with its coercive population control efforts. As head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action, how is Wen going to respond to this?

Dr. Wen, given your family’s personal experiences with the Chinese government, will you condemn forced abortion and withdraw Planned Parenthood from all involvement in it?

2. Have you ever actually committed an abortion yourself?

So far, there is nothing to suggest Wen’s medical career as an emergency room physician has ever involved performing abortions herself. What does she think of the gruesome reality of abortion? Would she be comfortable dismembering a 32-week-old baby? That’s legal in many parts of the U.S., and part of the abortion-on-demand with no restrictions for which Planned Parenthood lobbies.

3. Do you support or oppose at-home abortions?

In her introductory video, Wen shares that she had an ER patient who died from an at-home abortion.

“She died because of a failure in our system,” Wen declared. She was “too scared to seek medical care.”

Here’s the thing: for all of Wen’s life – and certainly during all of her time as a doctor – abortion has been legal and easily available across the U.S., especially at Planned Parenthood facilities. Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts, two places where she has primarily practiced medicine, have permissive abortion laws (D.C.’s are some of the loosest in the country) and generally liberal-leaning residents with supportive attitudes toward abortion.

Couldn’t this young woman have gone to a Planned Parenthood? What changes, exactly, to “our system” could have prevented her death?

One of the pro-abortion movement’s latest initiatives, both in the U.S. and abroad, has been pushing for more “self-managed” abortions.

“Which kind of abortion you choose all depends on your personal preference and situation,” Planned Parenthood’s website says. “With medication abortion, some people like that you don’t need to have a procedure in a doctor’s office. You can have your medication abortion at home or in another comfortable place that you choose. You get to decide who you want to be with during your abortion, or you can (do) it alone.”

Do you support more at-home abortions, too, Dr. Wen?

4. Does your philosophy about medicine mean Planned Parenthood is going to change how it approaches women seeking help?

According to Wen, “I became an emergency physician because I never wanted to turn any patients away.”

Does this mean Planned Parenthood is going to stop turning away pregnant women seeking services other than abortion?

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Claire Chretien

Claire is grateful for the opportunity to write about human dignity, bioethics, faith, and related issues for LifeSiteNews as a journalist and Washington, DC Correspondent. She became involved in pro-life activism while a student at The University of Alabama, where she served as the President of Bama Students for Life and directed 40 Days for Life campaigns.