n September, four months after Cecile Richards stepped down as president of Planned Parenthood, the organization named Dr. Leana Wen, previously the commissioner of health for the city of Baltimore, as her successor. Wen is the first physician to hold the role of president in nearly 50 years, and the first Asian American and immigrant ever to hold the office. Under an oppositional administration (and an unfavorable Supreme Court), Planned Parenthood’s nomination of a doctor as its president seems a clear signal to its mission, and a reminder that it is, above all else, a health-care provider.

The Cut spoke to Dr. Wen in early October, amidst the Congressional hearings which would eventually result in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Wen shared her thoughts about those events’ potential impact on reproductive rights, and her priorities for Planned Parenthood during her leadership.


By Regina Freitas