Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Trump Tells Planned Parenthood To Stop Abortions

Trump Tells Planned Parenthood To Stop Abortions

The State House News Service reports more than 100 anti-abortion activists congregated outside the State House press room on Wednesday in an attempt to pressure Governor Charlie Baker to defund public money to Planned Parenthood.

On Monday, The White House made an informal offer to Planned Parenthood: Stop performing abortions and your organization will continue to get federal funding. "We provide access to safe and legal abortion and we simply won't turn our backs on American women".

Planned Parenthood has stated that they won't stop providing abortion services to women.

Jacobson emphasized the necessity for affordable women's health services. "Millions and millions of women - cervical cancer, breast cancer - are helped by Planned Parenthood", he said in a February 2016 debate. Vice President Mike Pence is a vocal opponent of abortion, citing his Roman Catholic beliefs, and new US health secretary Tom Price has supported "defunding" Planned Parenthood.

PP receives over $500 million from tax funds and performs over 300,000 abortions per year. This is why learning how to donate to Planned Parenthood is more important now than ever - because the organization's federal funding is very much at risk right now.

As a staunchly pro-life President, many have expected Trump to work towards banning abortion altogether. In 2015, Planned Parenthood only cited 518,000 "active individual contributors", which is a good way off from the 91 million we worked out above.

Considering there are laws in place that prevent federal funds from being used to conduct abortions, Planned Parenthood officials have maintained that those funds are used for its other health services, such as cancer screenings and contraception. In other words, even though abortion is the legal law of the land, Donald Trump and the Republicans will make abortions nearly impossible to get, unless you happen to be very wealthy.

This position remains consistent with Trump's campaign statements.

It might come as a surprise to Senator Dan Sullivan that most women who use the services provided by Planned Parenthood Health Centers do so because they need low-priced care and have nowhere else to turn.

I understand completely the moral opposition some people have to abortion. Most Americans support choice, so Planned Parenthood shouldn't be demonized for providing that choice to women - a constitutionally protected right, no less.

Despite the controversy, the White House's offer could signal its understanding that defunding Planned Parenthood would have significant political repercussions.

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