He battled hostile legislation. He battled former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. And he battled lawsuits and unrelenting opposition from ardent anti-abortionists in the nation’s Heartland for about 14 years.
And now, Peter Brownlie, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, is hanging it up.
The organization announced Thursday morning that Brownlie is retiring in the spring.
A national search for a successor will be launched.
“Peter’s passion, vision and determination have been critical to maintaining our promise to be here for Kansas and Missouri women and families, no matter what,” the organization’s board of directors said in a statement.
Said Brownlie, “I’ve served as CEO almost 15 years – 15 years of unending pride and gratitude for the opportunity to do important work.”
Brownlie will remain in the Kansas City area with Deborah Jenkins, his wife. He plans on traveling, spending more time with family and friends as well as continuing to “do good works” as a volunteer.