President Trump has made his intentions clear regarding federal funding and Planned Parenthood. He has announced that he will maintain the federal funding of the organization as long as the funds are not used for abortions.
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“There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services,” he said in a statement to The New York Times.
According to the same publication, Planned Parenthood could possibly see a rise in federal funding if they stop supporting abortions completely.
“As I said throughout the campaign,” Presdient Trump said Tuesday, “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 non-abortion services such as cancer screenings.”
“Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice,” he continued. “There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
Planned Parenthood has heard the Trump’s proposal and quickly responded by issuing a statement of their own. They said the group “will always stand for women’s ability to make decisions about their health and lives, without interference from politicians.”
Planned Parenthood has been a touchy subject within the government. Some want it gone while others argue that the group gives women options about what to do when facing a difficult choice regarding an unplanned pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood has long stood behind women and their health. In 2015, a reported 2.5 million visited a Planned Parenthood, according to Fox News.
Supporters and donors of the group are still at odds with what many considered “an absurd play” and claim Trump had been “sympathetic to a woman’s right to choose until it was politically unpopular” for him.
The proposal was never formalized, but it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is standing their ground on what they believe to be right. It’s unclear if Trump will seriously end the organization’s funding if they refuse his plan once it has been formalized. These questions will surely be answered in the coming months.