It’s official. Alexis McGill Johnson is now officially the new CEO and president of Planned Parenthood, after serving as the interim leader for nearly a year.
In July 2019, Planned Parenthood fired its previous president Dr. Leana Wen for wanting to expand the abortion business’ medical credentials and offerings. The abortion business wasn’t interested.
At the time, Dr. Wen wrote in a statement, “I am leaving because the new Board Chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood…. I believe 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 health care as the fundamental health care that it is.”
After Dr. Wen left, the abortion business placed Alexis McGill Johnson in Dr. Wen’s place.
McGill Johnson has been with Planned Parenthood for more than a decade and previously served on the board of directors. She was also chair of the lobbying arm of the business, Planned Parenthood’s Action committee.
“We know the year ahead holds more challenges, as we await the June Medical Services v. Russo decision in the Supreme Court, face a long overdue public reckoning with systemic racism, and continue to battle COVID-19,” Johnson said. “Through it all, I have been grateful to the Planned Parenthood family for their dedication to this work. I have learned so much from Planned Parenthood patients, our staff, and our broader movement, and am honored to continue this fight with them, and for them.”
According to The Daily Beast, the abortion business was originally going to wait until after the November elections to confirm McGill Johnson’s appointment, but “decided to accelerate its timeline as a show of confidence ahead of the major Supreme Court decision on abortion rights that’s expected to drop on Monday.”
Sometime next week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to hand down a decision in a Louisiana case regarding whether or not abortionists should have admitting privileges at local hospitals. From the statement, it sounds like the abortion business is somewhat confident that the decision will go its way.
McGill Johnson is also a co-founder of the Perception Institute, an organization that “is a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination, and promote belonging. We work in sectors where bias has the most profound impact—education, healthcare, media, workplace, law enforcement, and civil justice.”
In an official statement, Planned Parenthood wrote, “There is no one better to lead [Planned Parenthood’s] work to address the systemic racism that stands in the way of true reproductive freedom. Under her leadership and expertise, Planned Parenthood has publicly committed to reckoning with its history, investing in work aimed at engaging communities of color, and improving Planned Parenthood’s health care delivery.”
The statement is ironic considering that last week 300 current and former Planned Parenthood employees stated in an open letter their belief that “(The abortion business) was founded by a racist, white woman.”
For the next several months, the abortion business is expected to focus on electing pro-abortion candidates.
Planned Parenthood, at its heart, is an abortion activist organization interested in expanding abortion access. It doesn’t care about women or ensuring access to quality health care. The appointment of McGill Johnson, and the dismissal of Dr. Leana Wen, proves that.
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