The Trump Administration has made it clear that the White House intends to take a stance in the fight between Republicans in Congress and advocates of Planned Parenthood.
Paul Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the U.S. House already boldly proclaimed that his party and other conservative allies intend to do whatever is necessary to defund Planned Parenthood. This is obviously because Ryan and other pro-life advocates are ardently against abort!on.
However, the truth about Planned Parenthood is a fact that Republicans do not want the public to know. The majority of the health care services delivered to women by Planned Parenthood are birth control and other family planning services. They also help women treat sexually transmitted diseases.
The White House has a slightly different stance when it comes to Planned Parenthood’s existence. Ryan and his extremist allies want to do away with Planned Parenthood altogether. However, the Trump Administration is willing to allow the women’s health care provider to remain fully funded given it does away with abort!on providing.
But a key administrator at Planned Parenthood publicly rejected the White House proposal.
“The [Trump Administration] proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding,” wrote Maggie Haberman, a reporter for the New York Times.
“That money helps pay for women’s health services the organization provides, not for abortion services,” she continued.
Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America made a public statement sharing her organization’s firm position. It partially reads as follows:
“Let’s be clear, federal funds already do not pay for abortions. 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.” (The New York Times)
Many political observers have labeled Donald Trump as a major flip flopper on the pro-life/pro-choice issue. In the past, he was pro-life because it was politically expedient for him to be as such as a businessman. Now that he’s been elected as a Republican president in a party that is controlled by pro-lifers, he is singing a different tune.