Trump Offers to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood if They Stop Abortions

by Lawrence Cooper March 10, 2017, 0:13
Trump Offers to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood if They Stop Abortions

But in the Maryland General Assembly, the Democratic leadership declared its support Wednesday for bills that would direct $2 million from the state's Medicaid budget and another $700,000 from the state's general fund to family planning services they say help about 25,000 state women. President Trump's statement on the offer reads in part: "There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services".

What President Trump may fail to realize is that his offer calls on Planned Parenthood to change its mission and core values.

What he's trying to do is use the threat of losing federal funds to prevent Planned Parenthood from even using private funds on abortions. Trump also threatened to "defund" Planned Parenthood during his campaign, but praised the organization during a Republican debate for helping "millions and millions of women" with cervical cancer and breast cancer.

The Trump Administration told Planned Parenthood officials that they could keep their federal funding if they stopped providing abortion services, an informal proposal the women's health organization rejected.

Still, in 2014, conservative news websites circulated reports that Planned Parenthood associates were negotiating fetal tissue prices from abortions, which they were selling for scientific research. "Planned Parenthood provides less than two percent of cancer screenings, pap smears for women, and yet, they provide over a third of abortions in this country".

"You are literally saving lives of Marylanders", Karen J. Nelson, president of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, said during a news conference to unveil the legislation. Furthermore, by law, none of Planned Parenthood's government funds can go toward abortions, so the number of federal dollars being spent on abortion services at Planned Parenthood is precisely zero.

Proponents said the measure would maintain care for low-income residents who rely on Planned Parenthood for those services, which include cancer screenings, birth control and testing for sexually transmitted infections. They said Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions annually, although all clinics have been barred from using federal Medicaid money for that goal since 1976.

Of course, all of this contradicts another important goal of the plan, which is to allow our citizens to receive health care from the providers they choose.

On March 6, the congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was unveiled and it defunds Planned Parenthood (PP).

But very little of its funding goes to abortion services.

Planned Parenthood, in good conscience, refused the Trumpian proposal. "And it is not their choice how we live our lives and our access to health care".

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