Press Release

September 12, 2018
Cardin Congratulates Baltimore’s Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen on Appointment to Head Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement:

“It is with equal parts sadness and pride that I congratulate Dr. Leana Wen on being named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. As Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Wen championed the important principle that health care is a human right, made access to care more affordable, and fought the Trump Administration’s actions to restrict access to reproductive care with the ferocity of someone who truly understood what was at stake. She has been an incredibly influential and effective voice and advocate for a healthy Baltimore. Her departure is a tremendous loss for our city, and I expect we will feel that loss more acutely in the months to come. But she will be a tremendous asset to Planned Parenthood. No one is better suited to defend and advance women’s health care in this difficult political environment than Dr. Wen.”