President Trump has offered to maintain Planned Parenthood funds for family planning if the group stops providing abortions. Its president rejected the proposal and noted that federal money already can not be used for abortion.
Trump has confirmed that there had been discussions after the New York Times inquired about what he described as an informal proposal. In a statement to the newspaper, Trump said that “there is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
The newspaper reported that, in private conversations, White House officials said there could also be an increase in federal funding if Planned Parenthood funds stopped work related to abortions.
There is reportedly an internal struggle among Republicans on how to address the abortion issue. Trump has, during the primaries, said what he sees as a part of positive work Planned Parenthood funds does.
“Millions and millions of women cervical cancer, breast cancer are helped by Planned Parenthood,” he said during a televised debate, according to the report. “I would defund because they are pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood funds.
In a response to the report of the proposal, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said that the group “will always stand up for women’s ability to make decisions about their health and life, without interference from politicians. ”
According to its annual report, Planned Parenthood has seen 2.5 million customers in 2015, which is down from 3.1 million in 2006. While this number may seem high, it means that 98 percent of women of reproductive age will never foot inside a family planning in a given year for health care.
Diane Max, a big donor of Planned Parenthood, told The Times reported that the offer is an “absurd game.” Trump, she said, had been “in tune with a woman’s right to choose to what was politically unpopular” for him.