Worried that there will be political repercussions to the White House’s efforts to cut off all funding to Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump has offered up his idea of a solution. Trump has stated that Planned Parenthood will continue to be federally funded if they agree to discontinue offering abortion services.
The proposal has not been “formally” made, but it has been rejected by officials at Planned Parenthood. It is estimated that Planned Parenthood receives around $500 million annually in federal funds. The funding helps to cover costs associated with women’s health services that are provided by the organization, not for abortion services, reports New York Times.
Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s vice president, recently stated that offering money to the organization to abandon their values and patience is not something they would ever consider. She added that offering “critical health care” to millions of women across the globe is “nonnegotiable.”
Many are asking if Trump’s latest suggestion comes from speaking with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, who had warned her father that he needed to tread carefully around Planned Parenthood issues, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Trump, who is pro-life, recently stated that he is committed to investing in women’s health and had plans to increase funds for non-abortion services.
In private conversations between people closely associated with Planned Parenthood, officials from the White House have suggested that there could be an increase in funds to the organization if abortion services end.
Donald Trump supported abortion rights up until 2011. At that time, he stated that he opposed abortion rights even though he had openly supported legal measures that allowed abortions in the past.
Republicans are moving forward with legislation to strip all federal funding from the Planned Parenthood organization. The legislation is included in the House Republican bill that was created to replace the Affordable Care Act, reports FOX News.
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand has suggested that Trump has authorized the new so he can claim that he made an offer and that officials at Planned Parenthood were being unreasonable.
Gillibrand added that Trump and his administration needed to stop playing games that could affect safe reproductive care. She made it clear that the administration was in for a real fight.
Diane Max, who is a major donor to Planned Parenthood, called Trump’s latest offer “absurd.” She added that Mr. Trump had in the past been sympathetic to a woman’s right to choose, but changed his views when it became “politically unpopular” for him.
By Tammy Marie Rose