Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) laid into former Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen for suggesting Planned Parenthood is “trying to silence her voice” when the organization “has silenced the voices of millions of babies.”
Wen is finding herself butting heads with Planned Parenthood as she was fired in July from the organization as its president due to disagreements. Wen said it was because of she wanted to shift the organization’s focus away from its “abortion-first philosophy” to instead focus on health care.
As IJR reported, Wen is claiming that Planned Parenthood is withholding her severance package until she signs a confidentiality agreement.
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Blackburn blasted Planned Parenthood as being “abortion first” and said Wen’s comments “gets to the heart of the argument about Title X funding.”
As IJR previously reported, Planned Parenthood decided to opt-out of millions in Title X funding after a judge ruled the funding could not go to organizations that promote abortion.
“But I got to tell you, listening to this statement from Doctor Wen and following this story, don’t you find it so ironic that they are trying to silence her voice and she’s complaining about her voice being silenced when Planned Parenthood has silenced the voices of millions of babies,” Blackburn added. “And I just find this so ironic.”
Watch Blackburn’s interview below:
Fox News host Shannon Bream made a note of a statement by Planned Parenthood about politicians who’ve “attacked Planned Parenthood’s patients’ access to care.”
“We’ve got news for them: Planned Parenthood’s health centers provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care, including abortion, to 2.4 million people across the country — and Planned Parenthood is not backing down,” the organization wrote.
The organization added, “When politicians talk about ‘defunding’ Planned Parenthood, they really mean blocking patients who depend on public health care funds from getting their care at Planned Parenthood health centers.”
In response to the statement, the Republican lawmaker said, “When Planned Parenthood doesn’t get money, and that money is fungible, then those dollars are going to end up going to those community help centers.”
“That is where the greatest need is,” Blackburn added. “Our goal is to make certain that women who are underserved have the ability to receive access to healthcare.”