Baltimore's Health Commissioner named president of Planned Parenthood

Baltimore's Health Commissioner named president of Planned Parenthood (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced on Wednesday that she will be leaving the department to become the sixth president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Today is a historic day for Planned Parenthood and the millions of people it serves. After an extensive search, I’m proud to announce that Dr. Leana Wen will serve as our next president,” said Naomi Aberly, Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Directors. “A dynamic public health leader and practicing physician, Dr. Wen is the first doctor to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years. Not only will she help Planned Parenthood continue to provide high-quality care to women, men, and young people across the country, she will be a powerful voice in our fight to ensure women have the ability to make their own health care decisions no matter what.”

Dr. Wen has lead the Baltimore City Health Department since January 2015.

Over the last 18 months, Dr. Wen has fought to protect women and families in Baltimore from the Trump administrations rollbacks of basic health care protections.

According a release, “In March 2018, on behalf of Dr. Wen and the Baltimore City Health Department, the City of Baltimore sued the Trump administration for cutting funds for teen pregnancy prevention, which resulted in a federal judge ordering the restoration of $5 million in grant funding to two Baltimore-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.”

Dr. Wen also fought the Trump administration changes to Title X, the nations family planning program, to protect funding for 23 health clinics in Baltimore providing reproductive health care for women with low-incomes.

Dr. Wen's last day with the health department is October 12.

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