Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump Compromise on Funding: Abortion 'Vital to Our Mission'
- Author: Terrell Bush Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:10
President Donald Trump said he would preserve federal payments to Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. By providing health services, emergency contraceptives and birth control to Americans with limited access to affordable health care, Planned Parenthood is a critical tool in helping women from having to make that choice in the first place.
According to the reporting, "In private discussions with people close to Planned Parenthood, White House officials have suggested that there could even be an increase in federal earmarks if the work related to abortion ends".
But no federal money is spent on abortion services, which only take up 3 per cent of Planned Parenthood's total budget, and the health service was quick to condemn the informal offer as a thinly veiled threat. While the offer has not been formalized, Trump confirmed on Monday that the discussions were occurring in a statement to The New York Times. Revoking said support would result in around 400,000 United States women losing access to the group's health care, according to the Catholic Herald.
Planned Parenthood performs an average of 300,000 abortions per year while receiving half a billion dollars in federal funding annually. Vice President Mike Pence is a vocal opponent of abortion, citing his Roman Catholic beliefs, and new USA health secretary Tom Price has supported "defunding" Planned Parenthood. About 60 percent of Planned Parenthood's 2.5 million patients nationwide are on Medicaid.
As a staunchly pro-life President, many have expected Trump to work towards banning abortion altogether. As a result, when Medicaid dollars are used at Planned Parenthood facilities, they help cover the cost of other procedures, such as mammograms, STD testing, or birth control.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards immediately tweeted out her response to Trump's latest pronouncement, vowing not to "back down in the face of threats or intimidation". They could just break Planned Parenthood into two corporations, one providing woman's health care services and the other abortions.
"I would defund it because of the abortion factor, because I'm pro-life". In other words, even though abortion is the legal law of the land, Donald Trump and the Republicans will make abortions nearly impossible to get, unless you happen to be very wealthy.
International Women's Day on Wednesday is certain to shine more light on the issue of abortion and women's reproductive rights, just as the recent March for Life in Washington rallied voices on the other side of the issue. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.