JUST IN: Trump Delivers Foolish Ultimatum To Planned Parenthood (STATEMENT)

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Donald Trump is holding Planned Parenthood monies hostage, until the organization agrees to stop performing abortions. This bad deal has the President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards incensed, especially since no federal funds go into the organization for abortions. She is not going down without a fight.

Trump released a statement to The New York Times saying:

‘There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.’

White House officials told the Times that Trump was willing to work a deal possibly raising the amount of federal funds. All Planned Parenthood has to do is stop performing abortions.

Donald Trump spent his campaign saying good things about Planned Parenthood, according to the Times he said:

‘Millions and millions of women—cervical cancer, breast cancer—are helped by Planned Parenthood. I would defund it because I’m pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.’

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and daughter of powerful Texas governor Ann Richards, Cecile Richards had this to say about Trump’s deal, the Times reported:

‘[We] will always stand for women’s ability to make decisions about their health and lives, without interference from politicians.’

There are a number of errors in Trump’s assumptions. Planned Parenthood does not get a set amount of federal funds. Republicans want to halt healthcare for millions of women, including “cancer screening, birth control, HIV and STI testing,” among others. Many low-income women have no other options.

Also, 70 percent of American voters and 50 percent of Trump voters oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, including a majority of evangelicals. Now 70 percent of Americans “believe a woman should have the right to safe, legal abortion.” Plus, 54 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers offer care where there is none other, including rural and other medically underserved locations.

Republicans think Planned Parenthood’s patients on Medicaid will just go to other providers. There are not nearly enough providers to handle the patient load. The executive director of the American Public Health Association called this idea is “ludicrous.”

Although Planned Parenthood has 10 percent of the nation’s safety-net centers with family planning, they took care of 36 percent of the patients in similar centers, in 2010.  Counties with a Planned Parenthood health center served 21 percent of the women. In 68 percent of counties, they served a minimum of 50 percent of the women.

Planned Parenthood supporter and major donor Diane Max called the offer “absurd play,” according to the Times. She said that Trump was:

‘Sympathetic to a woman’s right to choose until it was politically unpopular [for him].’

Richards released this statement in response to the Times article:

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

‘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 long-standing 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.  We are glad that the White House understands that taking away the preventive care Planned Parenthood provides is deeply unpopular and would be a disaster for women’s health care.

‘Planned Parenthood’s singular commitment is to the women and men who come to us for health care every day in communities across the country. We will always stand for women’s ability to make decisions about their health and lives, without interference from politicians in Washington, DC.  

‘To be clear, no federal funding goes towards abortion in the first place.

‘”Defunding” Planned Parenthood would block millions of people in this country from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and preventive care. For many patients, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider they see. Blocking access to care at Planned Parenthood hurts communities that are struggling to get by the most, especially those with low incomes, those living in areas with no other quality health care providers, and communities of color who face systemic barriers to care.

‘For the vast majority of people in this country, Planned Parenthood is the solution, not the problem. Planned Parenthood has led the way in improving birth control access in this country and the results speak for themselves with the lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years; a historic low for teen pregnancy; and the lowest abortion rate since Roe v. Wade.’

Featured Image via Twitter/Cecile Richards.