This is an introduction to discussing Dr. Leana Wen, who’s been in the news this past year after being hired as the young new director of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider. She was fired before she’d been in the role for 9 months.

LISTEN: Dr. Leana Wen—An Intro


I’m Joe Woodard and this is the Asia for Life podcast. Today I’m going to talk about Dr. Leana Wen and her firing from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was the director for about eight or nine months and was, without warning, fired from her position.

Apparently they wanted someone who was a really awesome fundraiser and also a really progressive ideological warrior for every leftist social justice issue.

And apparently she was afraid that taking too too loud a position on things like the transgender debate would alienate a lot of their base. She was probably right.

But other people in Planned Parenthood didn’t think that was acceptable, and so they made sure she got fired. The acting director now is someone whose life work is basically to push transgender issues.

If you haven’t signed up for Planned Parenthood’s mailing list, it’s a great way to understand how they think and talk (at least in relation to their donors).

By the way, they’re really good at fundraising, although I don’t think I could mimic what they do. On a scale of 1 to 10, their volume is always at 11 or above. It’s just so intense, so loud, and so shrill, in every email. But they are really good at raising money.

If you want to find out more about Leana Wen, it’s actually hard to find, because a lot of her information has been scrubbed from Google. Several months ago, I was thinking of writing a longer piece about her, but her personal website had been taken down, and a lot of the top Google search results led to pages that had been deleted.

But what was available, at least at that time, were some really nice things about her history. For example, there was a winning essay that got her a special scholarship for taking a tour in Africa.

So there are snippets you can find online about her life story, and she has shared a few things in her email updates. The most memorable thing for me was her first email as the director of Planned Parenthood ,where she talked a little about her family story, and about how Planned Parenthood helped her mother after they migrated from China. She had said elsewhere that her her family were basically political immigrants.

That’s what she said, or suggested–after the Tiananmen Square Incident happened in 1989, her family decided to leave China. And she said that Planned Parenthood was there for her–for her mother specifically.

“Planned Parenthood was there for my family.”

It’s really sad to think about what could have been different for them if they had a different kind of support when they arrived in America. I don’t know.

Anyway, our job as Christians of course is to pray for Leana Wen, for God to work in her heart, and to lead her to Himself, and to His truth–and ultimately for her conversion.

But in the meantime, I hope and pray for the best for her, for her family, and for her son Eli. I don’t know what all has happened with her family since her firing from Planned Parenthood. But, she shared publicly that she had a miscarriage a few months ago, which of course is heartbreaking.

Obviously, that’s no laughing matter. Even if we’re ideological enemies–even if we disagree about everything else–miscarriage is not something you would wish on anybody. So, we should pray for Leana Wen and her husband, Sebastian Walker, and even that God will work through them–whatever they do, that God will turn their hearts like water in his hands (Proverbs 21:1). Because they are social leaders–her husband in media, and she in the medical world.

Leana Wen with son Eli and speaking at Science March

From Dr. Leana Wen’s Twitter account:
Today, I’m here with my son, Eli, who is 7 months old @ScienceMarchDC #MarchForScience

We’ll leave it there for now. In an upcoming episode (I hope), I’ll be discussing this at length with someone who knows a lot more about Planned Parenthood, and it should be a fun discussion.

So stay tuned for that. Talk to you next time.

LISTEN: Dr. Leana Wen—An Intro