Planned Parenthood Says No to Trump’s Offer

President Donald Trump may tout himself as the master of making a deal, but this week he made an offer to Planned Parenthood that the nonprofit health organization could absolutely refuse.

On Monday, Trump pledged that he would be willing to guarantee Planned Parenthood’s federal funding if the organization agreed to stop providing abortions. It did not take long for Planned Parenthood to unambiguously reject this offer.

“Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion – a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings,” wrote Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, on Twitter. “We won’t back down in the face of threats or intimidation, or turn our backs on the patients who count on us. Not today, tomorrow, not ever.”

Because of their pro-life positions, Republicans in Congress regularly vote to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. In 2015, some in the GOP threatened a government shutdown if Planned Parenthood remained a part of the federal budget.

Despite Planned Parenthood often being reduced to a discussion on terminating pregnancies, the problem is that the women’s health organization does so much more. Facilities provide cancer screenings, birth control, vasectomies and sex education in great numbers, with just 3 percent of the total services being abortions. The majority of people who take advantage of these services are below the federal poverty line.

While the Trump administration has pointed to statistics that say Americans don’t want federal funds going toward abortion, that’s a misleading argument given that Planned Parenthood does not use tax dollars to pay for abortions. 

Relevant data that Trump most certainly will not point to is that as of a few months ago, just 28 percent of Americans want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Most Americans support choice, so Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be demonized for providing that choice to women – a constitutionally protected right, no less.

Besides, Planned Parenthood does a much better job of preventing unwanted pregnancies than terminating them. 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.

Richards cited data that shows a historic low for teenage pregnancy and the lowest rate of unintended pregnancies in three decades. “For most people, PP is the solution – not the problem,” she contended.

Good for Planned Parenthood for refusing to back down to the president. He can claim to support women’s health initiatives all he wants, but so long as he is simultaneously threatening to drastically cut the organization’s budget, he is no friend of women’s health.

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113 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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Melania P
Melania P6 months ago

Planned Parenthood thank you!!

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill6 months ago

I would much rather that our hard earned tax dollars go to those local health centers who actually perform women's health! In the whole Planned Parenthood corporation, they don't even own 1 mammogram machine! What kind of health care is that?

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Misss D
Misss D7 months ago

PP are doing what the government should be doing – providing comprehensive contraceptive and maternity advice and treatments in a non judgmental, medically driven way.

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Misss D
Misss D7 months ago

The fact is, that if someone chooses to go ahead with an abortion at this stage, there are usually overwhelming medical reasons, relating to the health of the foetus, or the mother, that prompts this. It is not likely that the woman suddenly changes her mind during the pregnancy, because she doesn’t fancy having a baby anymore. Rather, the baby is likely to be wanted and the decision to abort the pregnancy would be pretty traumatic for everyone involved. I am willing to bet that this situation does not arise anywhere near to 325,000 times a year, maybe just a small handful of times if that, and the decision to provide life support for a damaged baby, probably in pain and with no realistic chance of living very long anyway, would be one made with the doctors and parents involved in a sympathetic and supportive manner. And it is doctors plural. An abortion is not just one person in a room with the patient, for various medical and other reasons. It’s one thing to be skeptical but one needs to be realistic, too. PP are doing what the government should be doing – providing comprehensive contraceptive and maternity advice and treatments in a non judgmental, medically driven way.

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Misss D
Misss D7 months ago

• Hello Rachel. Although PP may disagree with the Born-Alive Act, I do not think that the situation you outline in your comments is one that occurs or is one that justifies de-funding PP. The standard interpretation of the Act is that a) "Born Alive" is defined as the complete expulsion of an infant…that has a heartbeat, pulsation of the umbilical cord, breath, or voluntary muscle movement, no matter if the expulsion of the infant was natural, induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion and b) Decisions may continue to be made by medical professionals as to whether to resuscitate an infant based on medical efficacy - but not in regard to the legal standing of the patient. Basically, if it has a heartbeat, breathes and moves voluntarily, it’s a baby/person and can’t be killed even if it is the result of an induced abortion. Of course this makes sense, but your conclusion that this line is potentially being crossed 325,000 times a year because a doctor is ‘alone in a room with a woman who doesn’t want to have a baby’ does not reflect reality. The expulsion of a foetus relevant to the Act can only realistically take place fairly late into a pregnancy. The fact is, that if someone chooses to go ahead with an abortion at this stage, there are usually overwhelming medical reasons, relating to the health of the foe

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H8 months ago

Good on PP. Dump Rump.

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Sabrina D
Sabrina D8 months ago

I've just signed the petition.

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Carl R
Carl R8 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers8 months ago

Thanks.

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