Leana Wen

  • DIRECTOR Jul 19, 2019

    Trump Officials Weigh Delay of Abortion Curbs, Sources Say

    The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance. Two people attending meetings this week between the Department of Health and Human Services and clinic representatives told The Associated Press that officials said the...

  • president Jul 17, 2019

    Planned Parenthood President Forced Out After Only 8 Months

    The president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was ousted Tuesday after just eight months on the job as the organization faced unprecedented challenges related to its role as the leading abortion provider in the U.S. Wen, in a Twitter post, said she learned that Planned Parenthood’s board “ended my employment at a secret meeting.” She indicated the board wanted...

  • California Jun 21, 2019

    Appeals Court Allows Trump Abortion Rules to Take Effect

    New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to...

  • NBC May 28, 2019

    Last Abortion Clinic in Missouri Expects to Be Shuttered This Week

    Legal abortion may soon effectively end in Missouri as its last remaining abortion clinic expects to be shut down this week, NBC News reported. The state health department “is refusing to renew” a license to provide abortions to Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic, the health services organization said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood officials said they are filing a lawsuit seeking a...

  • Associated Press May 18, 2019

    Missouri Legislature Passes Ban on Abortions at 8 Weeks

    Missouri’s Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for...

  • Associated Press May 18, 2019

    Louisiana Governor Breaks With Democratic Party on Abortion

    Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Now, daughter Samantha is married and working as a school counselor, and Edwards finds himself an outlier in polarized abortion politics.

  • New York City Apr 24, 2019

    Time 100 Gala Draws Taylor Swift, Glenn Close and More Stars

    The 15th annual Time 100 gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, took place Tuesday night at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

  • DIRECTOR Jul 19, 2018

    Baltimore Bans Sodas, Sugary Drinks From Kids' Menus at Restaurants

    Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids’ menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday. Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn McIntosh, director of the Sugar Free Kids Maryland advocacy group. Seven...

  • Trump administration Apr 12, 2018

    In Opioid Epidemic, Some Cities Strain to Afford OD Antidote Naloxone

    Cities like Baltimore are feeling the financial squeeze as they rely on naloxone to try and counteract rising overdose rates. Some hard-hit communities across the country are struggling to pay for dosages even at reduced prices. With more overdoses driven by synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil — so potent it’s used as an elephant tranquilizer — naloxone remains pricy...

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