Trump Says Planned Parenthood Can Stay If Abortion Goes

Trump Says Planned Parenthood Can Stay If Abortion Goes

Jocelyn Reeder, reporter

Recently, The White House has been concerned about the possible effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood but would preserve its federal payments if the group discontinues providing abortions. The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood.

According to New York Times, on Monday,  Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, reported, “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 we will ever accept.” Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million annually in federal funds.

President Trump stated to the New York Times, “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.”

According to CNN, the debate over Planned Parenthood could play a role in Congress’ ability to repeal and replace Obamacare, with House Republicans seeking to cut off monies and some Senate Republicans standing in opposition of such a move.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards tweeted a response to the proposal stating, “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortions – a necessary service that is vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings.”

Trump on the campaign joined GOP calls to de-fund Planned Parenthood over its abortion services and he even said he would support a government shutdown to cut off  federal funds to the group.