Press Release ● Health Care
For Immediate Release: 
September 12, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the announcement that Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City, has been named the new President of Planned Parenthood:

“I join in congratulating Dr. Leana Wen on becoming the new president of Planned Parenthood.  She has done an outstanding job in Baltimore as an advocate for public health and overseeing programs serving the most vulnerable populations in the city.  She successfully took on the Trump Administration in court after it tried to rescind federal funding for preventing teen pregnancy and fought to keep clinics serving low-income families open.  Planned Parenthood is fortunate to have her at the helm during this critical time in its history, as the organization continues to help lead the fight for women to have access to the full range of health care options, including reproductive care. 
“Planned Parenthood plays a crucial role in providing care to women and their families in communities across the country, and I will continue to stand up for its funding and the safety of its patients, physicians, and staff.  I look forward to working with Dr. Wen to ensure that Congress recognizes the organization’s important work and does not impede its ability to provide these critical services wherever they are needed.  I thank outgoing president Cecile Richards again for her years of service.”