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Planned Parenthood's president, Dr. Leanna Wen was forced out of her position in a secret meeting over a difference in philosophy. She wanted the organization to focus on the being a healthcare provider, rather than an advocate of abortion rights.
"I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who understand reproductive healthcare as the fundamental healthcare that it is".
Former Planned Parenthood board chair Alexis McGill Johnson was named acting president to replace Wen.
Wen's departure coincides with the Department of Health and Human Services telling Title X recipients that the new regulations prohibiting taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with patients or offering abortion referrals are now in effect, despite several challenges to the proposed rules from abortion rights supporters currently working their way through the courts.
The Title X program serves about 4 million people a year, according to HHS. Critics say the regulations would mostly affect communities of color, low-income people, the uninsured and rural residents. At least one state's Planned Parenthood office (in Illinois) is opting not to accept Title X funds over the new rules. They received $3.5 million in federal funding last year.