Trump Failed To Bully Planned Parenthood, So He Plans To Defund It

If the GOP wants to defund Planned Parenthood, they need to explain all their anti-life legislation

Planned Parenthood held a "We Are Planned Parenthood Capitol Takeover Day" to lobby legislators not to defund the organization. "Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable".

White House officials reportedly even suggested an increase in federal funding if the organization agreed to stop performing abortions altogether.

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that he would preserve federal payments to Planned Parenthood - if they stopped providing one of their crucial medical services: abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said that Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise.

In a statement also released to the Times, Mr Trump confirmed his team had been in informal discussions with Planned Parenthood to offer them the deal.

"I'm here because I support Planned Parenthood and I'm very concerned about federal cuts", Jacobson said. However, Trump also said throughout the election that he believes Planned Parenthood does "other good work" and that millions of women have benefited from Planned Parenthood's cancer screenings and other health services.

This latest development, however, speaks volumes about the tension between the highly conservative government, and figures such as Ivanka Trump, who has advised her father to be careful with women's issues in the past.


". When we looked at Planned Parenthood's national headquarters we found their CEO, Cecile Richards, now gets the incredible pay of $957,952 a year", he states.

What it really means to "defund" Planned Parenthood is that Medicaid would prevent its patients from going to Planned Parenthood (or, technically, any other organization receiving more than $350 million in Medicaid funding, should there be one), blocking women, and low-income women in particular, from access to reproductive health care.

"This would effectively block patients who rely on federally subsidized health care―about 60 percent of Planned Parenthood's 2.5 million patients―from choosing Planned Parenthood for their healthcare", wrote the Huffington Post's Laura Bassett on Monday.

Here in New York, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes serves almost 10,000 patients a year at their 5 health centers, providing affordable birth control and family planning counseling.

Matt House, Schumer's spokesman, told the Post that "the tweet referenced the fact that each year Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses provide referrals for women to receive mammograms and hundreds of thousands more receive breast exams at Planned Parenthood clinics".

Trump continued, "Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice".

With so much at stake, Planned Parenthood is calling for a multi-step mobilization to fight back against the war on women's healthcare.

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