The Trump administration has said that they will consider allowing federal funding to go to Planned Parenthood if the organization stops providing abortion services.
"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," the President said in a statement, as reported by ABC News. "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."
Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in federal funding, although the organization denies that any of this funding goes toward abortions.
Planned Parenthood claims that it provides other needed services for women’s healthcare, including cancer screenings, testing for STDs, and prenatal care. A recent undercover video, however, revealed that very few Planned Parenthood clinics actually offer prenatal care services.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has also said that the organization will not back down and will continue to provide abortions.
"The White House proposal that Planned Parenthood stop providing abortion is the same demand opponents of women’s health have been pushing for decades, as a part of their longstanding effort to end women’s access to safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood has always stood strong against these attacks on our patients and their ability to access the full range of reproductive health care,” she said in a statement.
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Publication date: March 7, 2017