This week, President Trump proposed significant changes for Planned Parenthood in exchange for a promise of continued and potentially increased federal funding in the future. His propositions were not taken kindly by supporters of the health care provider’s mission. Here’s what you need to know.
President Trump identifies as pro-life. He also claims to be an advocate for women’s health. Trump made a statement saying “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.” Trump has said his eldest daughter, Ivanka, is his adviser on “women’s issues,” although the First Daughter has not made a statement on her father’s proposed reforms to the services Planned Parenthood offers. However, Ivanka has been known to encourage her father to tread lightly when it comes to Planned Parenthood, and the issues surrounding them.
The changes proposed by President Trump were made by the White House, instead of with a formal proposal or request. Trump proposed that Planned Parenthood stop offering abortions as a service in their clinics. Trump supported his proposal by citing polls which found that the majority of voters, even those who identify as pro-choice, do not support federal funding going towards abortion services. In exchange for the removal of abortion services, President Trump suggested that Planned Parenthood could expect greater Republican support and continued federal funding. Trump even suggested that he might move for increased funding in the future for the women’s health care provider should they agree to his terms. This would prove to be a sharp contrast to the severe scrutiny the organization has come under in the past from Republicans and pro-life supporters.