The Trump administration remains cemented on their pro-life stance by offering to not defund Planned Parenthood—only if the health clinic agrees to cease performing abortions, reports the New York Times.
Amid POTUS’ proposal, the health clinic’s officials have declined to accept this ultimatum. Reportedly, Planned Parenthood receives $500 million annually in federal funding for the healthcare services it provides to women, but not for abortions.
“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dawn Laguens, said. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical healthcare services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
According to a statement Trump provided to the Times, he isn’t backing down.
“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,” he said. “Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
In the past, Trump was indeed onboard with everything Planned Parenthood provided—abortion included. In a Washington Post article titled, “Donald Trump took 5 different positions on abortion in 3 days” published last April, the post outlines the instances where Trump was in favor of pro-choice.
Reportedly, Trump co-sponsored a dinner honoring former NARAL (Pro-Choice America) president, Robin Chandler Duke at the Plaza Hotel — which he owned — in 1989. He and his family did not attend the dinner because they were being threatened by anti-abortion activists, according to the Times.
In a 1999 interview on NBC, Trump said, “I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still — I just believe in choice.”
Whether or not Trump’s stance on abortion is fabricated by the Republican campaign is up for question, but one thing is for sure; the fight for reproductive rights is far from over. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-New York), made this clear. “The Trump administration needs to stop playing political games that would put access to the full range of safe reproductive care at risk, or they will get the fight of their lives,” Gillibrand concludes.