Darth Hater vs. Planned Parenthood is in full effect this week after Trump attempted to strike a deal with the reproductive health organization.
According to a Monday report from the New York Times, The White House has offered the continuation of federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the organization agrees to stop providing abortions.
Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, quickly declined the offer, stating that Planned Parenthood will not be abandoning their patients or their values.
“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” said Laguens. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
Planned Parenthood is responsible for providing care for over 2.5 million patients a year, with 661 health centers spread throughout the U.S. While they recently celebrated their 100-year anniversary in 2016, they have continued to uphold their vision of standing for the rights of women and freeing them of limitations through safe and healthy reproduction and health care options.
Although Trump has previously supported legal organizations that provided abortions, he publicly announced in 2011 that he opposes abortion rights—and now he states that he will increase federal funding if organizations agree to not perform abortions.
“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,” said Trump in a statement to the New York Times. “Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
A bill has already been introduced to block those covered from Medicaid from accessing Planned Parenthood resources, which would affect 2.5 million Medicaid users who currently receive care. Congressional Republicans have stated that they will soon be introducing legislation to cut off Planned Parenthood from all federal funds.
"[Planned Parenthood] will always stand for women's ability to make decisions about their health and lives, without interference from politicians,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in response to Trump's negotiations.
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