Jul 16, 2019

Planned Parenthood ousts president Leana Wen

Leana Wen, former President of Planned Parenthood, on May 23, 2019. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Planned Parenthood's board voted to oust and replace its president on Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Alexis McGill Johnson, co-founder of the anti-bias research group Perception Institute, was unanimously voted as Dr. Leana Wen's temporary replacement, per the Times.

The big picture: The Trump administration enforced a rule overnight Monday restricting "taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions," including Planned Parenthood, per AP. Some of the most restrictive abortion laws in generations are currently spreading across America's red states.

Details: Wen, a former emergency room doctor and Baltimore City health commissioner, reacted publicly on Tuesday and released a statement claiming that Planned Parenthood ended her employment "at a secret meeting." She had only been in the position for 8 months, writes the Washington Post.

  • Wen said she was engaged "in good faith negotiations" with the organization about her departure "based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood."

Go deeper: State abortion restrictions spark a renewed culture war

Go deeper

Teenager killed after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

Go deeper: In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.