Dr. Leana Wen – Planned Parenthood & Fighting the Politicization of Health Care | The Daily Show

Welcome to the show. Thank you. I’m so glad to be on. -Huge fan. -And congratulations
on your new position. You have now been leading
Planned Parenthood… I-Is it six months now? -How long has it been?
-Four months. Four months.
Straight into the job. And, honestly, you have one
of the most impressive résumés -of any human being
I have ever read. -(chuckles) No, genuine. Because I read it, and I was like,
“This-this has to be wrong. The numbers
are the other way around.” Is it true
that you attended college -at the age of 13?
-It is. (laughter and cheering) And you passed? And somehow I’m here today
as a doctor. No, I mean,
you-you went to college at 13. You-you graduated. You flew, you know,
at the top of your class. You went on to work
in health care, and you worked in health care
in, um, in Baltimore. And you look at the programs
that you enforce there. I mean, you are someone who
has been a badass from day one. I mean,
you-you implemented programs where you helped kids
get reading glasses, and this improved test scores. Which means
the kids weren’t dumb. -They just couldn’t see, right?
-That’s right. And-and then you worked on improving general health care
of the community. Has this always been your focus
in life, -improving other people’s lives
through health? -It is. I’ve always wanted
to be a doctor for as long as I could remember. And it’s also, though,
in working in the ER that I saw
that what’s making people sick isn’t just the illness
that they have -if it’s also systemic issues.
-Right. And that’s why I truly believe
that health care has to be a human right
that’s guaranteed to all and not just a privilege
available to some. (cheering and applause) When you… When you take over
Planned Parenthood, though, you are taking over
an institution that is easily one
of the most divisive in America. You have an institution
that works to support so many women
and their reproductive rights, and you have an institution that has become
the single enemy of the right. What is your idea
of what Planned Parenthood is supposed to be doing
in this country? Planned Parenthood
is a health care organization. That’s how I got to know
Planned Parenthood. My mother was a patient
at Planned Parenthood. So was my sister, and so was I, -just like one in five women
in America. -Right. Look, we’re not the ones
that made health care political. I mean, getting medications
for your children, getting breast
and cervical cancer screenings, -STI tests…
-Right. These are not political issues. But when other people
have made health care political, it’s our duty to fight back
with everything we have, because it’s
about people’s lives. And when you… when you… (cheering and applause) When you fight back, you are
fighting back against people who believe in their convictions
as-as hard as you do. And, you know, I-I’ve realized
that this topic is-is one that is, honestly, you know, one of the most entrenched
in America. The topic of abortion in
and around Planned Parenthood has been one
of the biggest reasons that Republicans want
to defund your organization. But you argue
that reducing Planned Parenthood to only abortions
doesn’t take into account what the organization’s
really about. What do you mean by that? Abortion is
a standard medical procedure that one in four American women
will have in our lifetimes. It’s part of the full spectrum
of reproductive health care, which is health care. And it’s important for us -to speak about abortion
in that context. -Right. In Planned Parenthood,
we provide care to nearly 2.5 million people
every year. We provide care to women–
the full spectrum of services. Some of our health centers even
provide mental health services, -prenatal care, postnatal care.
-Yes. We’re proud also to serve men
and non-binary people. Actually, we are really proud that we now provide hormone
therapy for trans people, and we are looking to expand
gender-affirming care to all of our health centers
around the country. -Wh-When you…
-(cheering and applause) As a– as a doctor, you are in a unique position, because you are a physician,
you know? Most of us speak
about this topic, and it’s an opinion based
on what we’ve read. But you are actually someone
who is qualified, and you have studied this. Take us through the arguments against what many Republicans
are proposing in the heartbeat laws. Just today,
the governor of Mississippi signed into law a bill that would prohibit abortions
after six weeks, when most women don’t even know
that they’re pregnant. And this is–
Similar types of legislation have been introduced
in 15 states -just in 2019 alone.
-Right. And this is terrifying. I mean, with Brett Kavanaugh
on the Supreme Court, we face a real situation where one in three women
of reproductive age, which is 25 million women, could be living in states
where abortion is criminalized and banned altogether. And I know what that means. I-I have a mentor who practiced
medicine in the 1960s, -working in the ERs.
-Yeah. And he talked about how
there was an entire area of the hospital called
the sepsis ward, and it was filled
with young women who were dying from infections
and kidney failure because they had to go have
unsafe abortion care. And that’s
what could happen now. Thousands of women died
before Roe v. Wade, and that could happen now. And this is what we need
to call out. We need to call out
that reproductive health care is health care and that we are
fighting for people’s lives. Wh-When you look
at the arguments that Republicans pose
from the other side, they say, “We’re here to protect
the unborn child.” Um, President Trump has been
seen on the campaign trail saying this is
about late-term abortions. You know,
you hear the stories now where– I mean,
President Trump actually said it’s gotten
to the point where, um, a baby can be aborted
after it is born. -Now…
-(audience chuckling) I don’t know what that means, but you’re a doctor. Wha-What do they mean
by “late-term abortions,” like, “after birth”
or “at birth”? (laughter) Good response from the audience. (laughter) We have to call out President
Trump for what he’s doing, which is lying. I mean, what he’s saying
has no basis… (cheering, applause) What President Trump
is saying has no basis in medicine or reality. (laughter) A-And here are the facts. About 99% of abortions occur
before 21 weeks, -Mm-hmm.
-and those that occur later in pregnancy are because
something in the pregnancy has gone very wrong. And I treated a woman
who found out at 21 weeks that she was carrying twins
that would never develop their diaphragms or their lungs. And if she’d
carried them to term, they would have suffocated
upon birth. These are extremely difficult,
hugely personal and challenging circumstances that women and families
find themselves in. -Right. -And they
deserve our compassion. And President Trump
is exploiting their pain for political gain,
and I say to him: Shame on you, President Trump. (cheering, applause, whistling) You’re at the beginning
of a journey. You’re at the beginning
of a journey. You’re also, um, at the beginning
of a new Supreme Court. You’re also at, um,
I mean, the beginning of Donald Trump’s, you know, I guess,
effect on the conversation. You look at what Republicans
are doing now in and around the country
with abortion laws. One of the biggest things
that concerns many women, and many of the people at
Planned Parenthood, I’ve read, is, um, what
the government is saying in and around
what doctors can recommend or how you can have
conversations around abortion. What are those issues,
specifically? A month ago,
the Trump-Pence administration came out with a gag rule
around the Title X program. So, Title X is a program that provides four million
low-income women and families with affordable birth control, -Mm-hmm.
-um, cancer screenings, STI tests, and the Trump administration
came out with a gag rule saying that doctors now
cannot provide referrals for women for abortion care even if women are asking
for abortion referral, and it’s not even clear
what we would do as doctors if it’s medically necessary. I mean, this is
direct censorship. It’s putting a gag on doctors and forcing us to withhold
information from our patients. And this is why
over 100 medical and nursing and public health organizations
are opposing this rule, including the American
Medical Association. You know,
we at Planned Parenthood would never gag our doctors,
we would never force our doctors to lie to our patients,
and that’s why we are fighting this gag rule
with everything we have, including we
just recently filed a lawsuit to sue the Trump-Pence
administration against this illegal
and unethical rule. (cheering, applause) Look, I, uh… …tell you this much,
you are a… a doctor who is a woman who
is running Planned Parenthood who finished college
and is an immigrant. You are literally
Trump’s nightmare. (laughter) So, uh,
good luck on your journey. -Welcome…
-Thanks, Trevor. -(cheering, applause)
-welcome to your new job. Dr. Leana Wen, everybody.


  1. yooo listen up people they are talking about facts
    thank you noah for getting her on your show!

  2. She is brilliant and link another @AOC! She's got more intelligence in her pinky finger than Trump's entire family! This country needs these strong women!🙏🤘💯🔥🔥🔥🔥

  3. The topic of parenthood is too sacred to be discussed by headless demagogues like Trump.

  4. Glad Trevor asked so many relevant questions. These are what the public need to know about the issues surrounding abortions

  5. Watch Ben shapiro on Abortion it's quite debatable ! Don't know what to say.

  6. That is wrong they don’t provide prenatal care unless your gonna have an abortion. And having an abortion is still killing a baby. Late abortion is actually something that is real and a law was passed in New York to allow abortion at 9 months… I hate trump but I also don’t agree with abortion and planned parenthood is an evil entity masked under hope

  7. I CAN NOT believe we dont think abortion is murder this is madness!

  8. Youre a babies nightmare

  9. booo! dislikers

  10. Planned parenthood was created by Margaret Sanger to disrupt black families and sabotage the birth rate. Now we're publicly promoting it on the backs of talented immigrants. WS at its finest…getting foreigners to handle the dirty work.

  11. 👨🏾‍🏫I notice NO ONE is talking about the origins of planned parenthood. Destruction of the black family across the world.

  12. 8:40 – SHE JUST LIED. Do your research on planned parenthood.

  13. Yassssssssss to this entire video.

  14. I realllllllly like her!!! She’s smart & tough. 👍🏾

  15. It’s so sad to me how many of y’all think that she is a hero. 94% of planned parenthood’s clients get abortions. They are not for the women’s health, they want money. For Pete’s sake, they even sell the baby parts after they are brutally mutilated! I pray for all of y’all’s souls and the poor mothers of aborted babies.

  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwDhd2CR2hI
    Try to get out of your echo chamber for just a second.

  17. Wow! She's my hero.

  18. I like Dr. Wen!

  19. She's my hero!

  20. Nice well said Doctor wen…… happy someone is standing up for the right of the public when it comes to healthcare it should not be political for sure it's people's lives they're playing with

  21. She’s a complete moron.

  22. This lady supports the slaughter of the most innocent of our kind. Children in the womb! And the comment sections can’t get over her college education. Your values are warped of you think college education is above morality and valuing life.

  23. Sometimes, when I looked away, she sounded like the actress, Ming-Na from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  24. That was a terrible response to the post-birth abortion topic. Yes Trump sucks that does not negate the fact that this needs to be addressed. I have heard doctors and politicians speak on the fact that there are "abortions" that take place after birth. which is misleading to even call them abortions because they are murder of a live newborn. I want for somebody to quit bullshiting and explain whether or not this is taking place at this time in our country.

  25. https://youtu.be/_xD8cPgcZ3E

  26. Lies so glad I seen unplanned movie Satan really working…


  28. Abortion is a crime!!! Unless the feotus causes danger to the mother.

  29. Such a bad ass

  30. 👏🏽.👏🏽.👏🏽.

  31. Trump's nightmare!

  32. Impressive Lady and Trump's nightmare….Lol…

  33. To quote Rachel Green, from “Friends”, “No uterus, no opinion.”

  34. Amazing! This woman should be followed by her own badass theme song wherever she goes.

  35. Abortion is NOT a STANDARD medical procedure. It’s a last resort for someone in a truly desperate situation. WTF…

  36. Much respect to her as the first Asian American woman leader of Planned parenthood. #BERNIE2020

  37. The most well-educated idiot I've seen. PP keeps sex slaves as such and mostly does abortions. Healthcare isn't a political issue until you start taking my money and funding illogical and immoral procedures, which they want to do.


  39. I absolutely love her passion and brilliance!

  40. Yes!!! I like her! Shame on you for your lies, President Trump. Let the doctors be the doctor’s. Don’t make doctors lie to their patients. Get the politicians out of medicine.

  41. Make no mistake. Their goal is to SELL abortions and increase the number of abortions and hence their $$$$$. They are first and foremost an ABORTION SALES company and this interview here is part of their MARKETING plan. So they bring this smooth talking doctor to sell to you.

  42. As an employee of Planned Parenthood, THANK YOU TREVOR for always having our back!

  43. Adoption ?

  44. The daily show the defender of killing babies in the womb. They are for abortion. Unplanned see the movie the whole truth.

  45. You flewed lol

  46. Infanticidal maniacs

  47. Abortion is the new witch trails

  48. I don't think as a African Trevor Noah supports aborting babies. He has no choice, if he even considers supporting the right to life for the unborn he will lose everything.

  49. Trevor, please bring on more qualified spirited guests like her!!! Enough Hollywood. I appreciate their support but we need more qualified people given the spotlight as opposed to people in the spotlight trying to act/look qualified.

  50. What is the real reason republicans are so focused on this issue when they don't support programs that help people less fortunate than themselves? You can't be both pro-life and anti-people.


  52. You are pro killing babies. You are Fucked up!

  53. She is fierce. You go girl

  54. She gave me chills!! Such an impressive and powerful human being, awe inspiring!

  55. Impressive

  56. So impressed with her work and what a wonderful voice! Best of luck to this doctor.

  57. Republicans are doing everything in their power to keep the U.N. from passing legislation against using rape as a weapon of war. They also want to outlaw even birth control in states like Ohio, and even toying with the idea of breaking all norms and conventions by arguing Trump should have 2 more years. Anyone else think they'll want to mass rape almost every woman in America to ensure they keep their white majority? It sounds far fetched, yet every day we approach something bad happening

  58. Their are only few cases where women truly need abortions(health issues). Liberals trying to legalize abortions for every one using, "some hazard cases". Fucked up women use this opportunity to get rid of pregnancy after a drunk fuck or a high fuck. Use condoms or pills. The president of PP is a Chinese women, did she condemn the 1 child policy imposed by Chinese govt. She cannot do that because she would be dead

  59. Trevor Suck.

  60. I don't care for either of these losers. But I am curious, why is the new head of Planned Parenthood an E.R. doctor, and not like, a gynecologist/obstetrician ?

  61. Baby killer

  62. werent dumb… are you dumb???

  63. many kids can go to college at 13, they are underestimated!!!!

  64. Well said, Dr Wen!!!!

  65. Adrenochrom is planned parenthood's bread and butter. The liberal Democrats will do anything to control the supply of this drug. Adrenochrom can only be found in it's purest from late term aborted babies. The Hollywood elite and older politicians will start dropping like flies without it. Google it.

  66. Uh huh. I love it that My People are learning to be wary of PP Inc for all the right reasons. Good 'luck,' with your population, white folks.

  67. This lady has a special seat in hell with her father Lucifer. She will be tortured day as and night. Burn bitch.


  69. Dr. Wen has set a goal of Two Million abortions per year. WoW that’s mighty ambitious. We’re only hovering around 800,000 now.

  70. Has no basis…? Really, partial-birth abortion wasn’t banned until recently.

  71. https://youtu.be/K-MPBJf3a6Q

  72. Two non-Americans tell America to kill all their children.

  73. How many people said this already? "Trump is lying" and "shame on you"? How many have to speak it out till anything will happen? The far to dumb orange bully does not care and his basis is to stupid to understand at all what is going on. When will he disappear finally? It is really not possible that this individual is still in charge?

  74. they just fired her at PP… after 8 months… hmmmmmmmmm… not happy about this.

  75. Enjoy it while you can, Doctor Wen. Planned Parenthood won't be keeping you around for very long. You'll be aced out of your position by a closed-door committee in July–just like they used to do it in the old Soviet Union.

  76. She just got let go today and I want to know why?🤭🤭

  77. Planned Parenthood removes Leana Wen as president
    The news comes after rumors that Wen wanted to take the group in a less political direction.

  78. Female Dr. Mengal of death just got fired.. God never forgets an email address

  79. Hmm. "Healthcare a human right guaranteed for all" . Except the most innocent in the womb. Those humans deserve a needle to the brain and cut out of the womb. This lady is crazy and souless made a career out of killing babies

  80. And now she has been fired because of philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood. As part of her statement on Twitter she wanted to expand other services at PP, but PP would rather double down on abortion rights advocacy. So apparently PP is not so concerned with these other services and healthcare options that they always mention, because their business is abortion. Wake up and smell the coffee. I hope Dr Wen finds another wonderful place to go and live out her calling. The termination of her employment at PP might be the best thing that ever happened to her.

  81. This woman promotes the murder of unborn children. Why call her a badass lmao.

  82. I bet they fire her.🤚😎

  83. planned parenthood literally made it political. The numbers of deaths due to abortion pre planned parenthood are not accurate. Planned parenthood does not offer prenatal care. Killing of preborn humans is not healthcare, is not 'reproductive rights' and causes the death of millions a year.

  84. The heartbeat bill exists because THE HUMAN BEING GROWING IN THE WOMB HAS A HEART BEAT. No one has the right to kill another human being.

  85. many late term abortions do not occur because of complications but for convenience. What President Trump is referring to is not offering medical care to children who survive abortion which Democrats voted against again and again. To offer basic medical care to children, babies who survived their death sentence of abortion

  86. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B0EjcYyhl5K/?igshid=1nxd69it0xmt. Fat checking what she said..

  87. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B0LnrPzgmaD/?igshid=t4ym7n4v3wiv
    This is a must watch

  88. I've never missed Jon Stewart more.

  89. Bummer that she is already gone from that position.

  90. Lean Wen is AWESOME.

  91. I am sorry.

    "Reproductive healthcare is healthcare" Well of course it is, what a great statement, but to assume that abortion is an essential or fundamental form of "reproductive healthcare" in the midst of this is not so clear cut. The movement of this dialogue to refer to non-life saving abortions as "reproductive health" is, at best, misguided. What kind of monster would not support "reproductive healthcare?!"

    The overwhelming majority of performed abortions are not life or death issues for the mothers, and the movement of the narrative away from whether or not the fetus/baby is a life or is not a life to being an issue of "women's rights" and "reproductive healthcare" is an incredibly shrewd move on the part of PP and pro choice advocates. For example, it can't simply be an issue of female rights when many of the babies in question are female. It then becomes about what age do you have to be to have more rights. That's ageism cloaked as a fight against sexism.

    If the fetus or baby is a life it then becomes an argument largely about the convenience and non-fatal health effects on a woman vs. fatal health effects on a child. This is something that a great deal more people would side with valuing the latter more, though in that, I don't think we should be heartless to the women. And the notion that being pro-life is being antiquated and unloving of women is absolute rubbish.

    If the fetus or baby really were not a life and the pro-choice narrative builders were confident in this they would not feel the need to move the narrative toward phrases like "reproductive healthcare." The fact that they have made this move is very telling to me and should be telling to all.

    Trump is not the ambassador of the pro-life cause that I want or wanted. I did not vote for him. His mouth is one of our worst enemies it seems in building good will with the general public. However, Dr. Wen would do well to look in the mirror at her own words, or the words fed to her by her advisers and let this conversation live and die on whether or not this is ending a life or not, and let that speak for itself.

    Regardless of my opinion, I do not think it is the government's job or call to stand in the way of a woman's choice to do what she wants with her own body, so long as it does not effect the life of another human being. And so, I do not propose a law limiting an adult woman's right to engage consensual intercourse with another consenting adult. If, however, she chooses to utilize that freedom, there is a certain chance that she will become pregnant and that is part of the natural outcome. Various forms of birth control methods leave varying statistical chances of becoming pregnant, but it's essentially a lottery where you have a varying degree chance of "winning" (or "losing" depending on your opinion of children and pregnancy). Once that life is formed though, I do not support an "undo button" that cancels that life out.

    I will move my comments now to the ownership we men can have in this heartbreaking issue that isn't talked about enough from a pro-life perspective.

    I am sure some will feel that my thoughts are irrelevant because I am a man. If you believe that genitalia validates or invalidates anyone's opinion in pretty much anything to the point of them being silenced that is foolish, and falsely ignores the large number of women who are pro-life.

    As men, we need to be more aggressive about holding men accountable for their actions. Shutting down the view the women are objects to be used by men for sex or whatever we want. To be more aggressive toward each other of shutting down the mindsets that lead to a culture where rape and sexual violence are present and tolerated.

    And furthermore Pro-life men (at the very least), would do well to pay the cost of either abstinence until marriage(or vasectomies if we can't control ourselves). The full weight of this issue should not lie on women. They are responsible for controlling their desires as well, however, if we as men would step up and put our money and bodies where our mouths are, we could decrease at least some portion of this epidemic, gain more credibility, and leave less women in the tough spot of choosing between ending a life or sacrificing their hopes and dreams before they were ready to.

  92. Gets fired from planned parenthood

  93. Wow…


  95. Fucking love this and love her. Makes me feel hopeful knowing we have someone like her fighting on our side, but she can't do it alone so we need to step it UP! I have to do better, for her and all of us.

  96. Soooo looks like Trump woke up from his nightmare ‘ey?

  97. Thank you, Dr. Wen!

  98. Planned Parenthood is an organization that wants to rise their abortion quotas. Planned Parenthood fires Dr Wen, b/c she wants PP to be a better organization, but nope PP wants to do more abortions instead of helping other people.

  99. Trp 2020

  100. I don't understand. Why do these people feel the need to control everyone else? Are they aware that the minority zygotes become fully grown minorities that they don't actually care about? Are they aware that the kids who have died in school shootings were once zygotes. They get pissed at the Black Lives Matters movement, they are okay with kids in cages and they resist gun control when children have asked for it. They actually mock these kids. THEY ARE NOT PRO-LIFE. They are pro-control…and we all know who THEY are. If you aren't a "THEY," then you shouldn't take offense.

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