According to CNN, White House officials thought they came up with a dandy of an idea – Donald Trump could pledge his support for federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the women’s health organization stopped performing abortions. Planned Parenthood immediately rejected the idea.
The New York Times was the first to report on the proposal – which was never formally introduced – and stated in part: “…the outreach to allies of Planned Parenthood is a glimpse of the internal struggle inside a White House torn between trying to satisfy the conservative base that elected President Trump and responding to the views of his daughter Ivanka Trump, who urged her father to tread carefully on the Planned Parenthood issue during the Republican primary contest.”
In a White House statement, Trump expressed support for the proposal and said he’s opposed to abortion, and he’s “deeply committed to investing in women’s health.”
Trump also said:
“As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of non-abortion services such as cancer screenings. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
PP’s president Cecile Richards tweeted a response to Trump’s offer, “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion — a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings.”
Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion—a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings. https://t.co/TWGOcVjBJ4
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 6, 2017
In an official statement, Richards said, “The White House proposal that Planned Parenthood stop providing abortion is the same demand opponents of women’s health have been pushing for decades, as a part of their longstanding effort to end women’s access to safe, legal abortion.”
Richards went on to say that the organization is “glad that the White House understands that taking away the preventive care Planned Parenthood provides is deeply unpopular and would be a disaster for women’s health care.”
In recent years, the Republican obsession to defund the women’s health organization has spun out of control, and conservatives remain laser focused on taking reproductive choice away from women.
Trump has joined the Republican calls to defund Planned Parenthood because of the abortion services offered, and he even said he supported a government shutdown to cut off federal funds.