Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that he would preserve federal payments to Planned Parenthood — if they stopped providing one of their crucial medical services: abortions.
Just to recap: Federal funding currently does not fund abortions at Planned Parenthood. This is not news. This is something we have known for a long time and many people have been extremely vocal about.
“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 nonabortion services such as cancer screenings,” Trump said yesterday in a statement to The New York Times. “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.”
Ignoring the fact that Trump was vocally pro-choice until running for the Republican nomination (because hey, as Americans we have the right to decide that a woman’s autonomy is negotiable, right?) this statement is beyond troubling.
His argument hinges on the fact that according to an uncited poll, a majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion — even those who identify as pro-choice. But again, here’s the thing: Federal funding is not used to pay for abortions. So if that’s what he’s basing his decision on, good news — Planned Parenthood will remain funded!
Unfortunately, that logic relies on facts and Trump following through with previous commitments, which as we’ve seen repeatedly have no place in the White House or this administration.
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) theorized that the president had made this statement only so he’d later be able to claim that he had made an offer to Planned Parenthood and that they were being unreasonable and unwilling to negotiate.
“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 said told The New York Times.
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