Ex-Planned Parenthood CEO Is Not ‘Pro-Choice’ When It Comes To Vaccine Mandates

Ex-Planned Parenthood CEO Is Not ‘Pro-Choice’ When It Comes To Vaccine Mandates

Only women interested in murdering their babies deserve bodily autonomy. At least, that’s what former president of Planned Parenthood Leana Wen seems to think. 

“What we really need to do at this point is to make vaccination the easy choice. It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated. Right now, it’s kind of the opposite — it’s fine, it’s easy if you’re unvaccinated. You can do everything you want to do anyway,” Wen said Sunday on CNN. “But at some point … I think it will be important to say ‘Hey, you can opt out, but if you want to opt out, you have to sign these forms, you have to get twice-weekly testing.'”

Wen built her career at Planned Parenthood, cheering “my body, my choice” at the helm of an organization that gives millions of children no choice in their brutal murders. Now she has a message for unvaccinated women and men: When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, they should have little choice. 

In a Washington Post op-ed, Wen called on President Joe Biden to double down on vaccine requirements. It’s not enough to have workplaces, hospitals, and schools mandate vaccines, she wrote.

“Biden announced on Tuesday that his administration will double down on vaccination efforts with more community outreach and educational resources. That’s not nearly enough,” she said. “Biden needs to get behind proof of vaccination, starting with his own White House events.”

But Wen preached a different message from her Planned Parenthood platform. When she left her role as president after only eight months, it was amidst internal frustration with her focus on rebranding as a women’s healthcare organization (instead of the abortion syndicate Planned Parenthood is). When Wen was head of the largest abortion provider in the country, her message was clear: No one should tell you what to do with your body.

“Every person deserves the right to control their body,” she wrote on Twitter in 2019.

In fact, Wen used to be a huge advocate of bodily autonomy — in 2019, she oversaw Planned Parenthood’s ‘Bans Off My Body’ campaign, which was launched to “declare that [women’s] bodies, [women’s] lives, and [women’s] futures are [their] own.” In a statement, Wen cemented her support for the mission.

“Our bodies are our own — if they are not, we cannot be truly free or equal. We will show everyone the strength of our fierce and unrelenting opposition to these bans and any attempt to take away our fundamental right to make decisions about our bodies,” she said.

Now, the unvaccinated couldn’t agree more. No one, much less the government, has the right to control other people’s bodies. Wen, whose organization has taken away the bodily autonomy of countless children, now wants to do the same for all unvaccinated people.

Vaccine mandates aren’t saving graces that will magically cure humanity of COVID-19. Those who are pregnant, low-risk, or naturally immune shouldn’t be forced to get a coronavirus vaccine, especially one that has likely caused adverse reactions like cardiovascular or respiratory distress.

Deciding to get (or not get) a vaccine is a choice. As a woman who so vocally champions the (deceptively named) “pro-choice” movement, the last thing Leana Wen should be doing is forcing her choices onto the unvaccinated.

Haley Strack is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Hillsdale College studying politics and journalism. Follow her on Twitter @StrackHaley or reach her at [email protected]
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