Planned Parenthood refuses Trump offer to give up abortions and keep funding

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On Monday, The White House made an informal offer to Planned Parenthood: Stop performing abortions and your organization will continue to get federal funding.

"Let's be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions", Planned Parenthood Federation of America executive vice president Dawn Laguens said.

As congressional committees debate the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, Planned Parenthood is addressing a provision that could cut federal funding for any organization that provides abortions.

She added that her opposition to Planned Parenthood comes with the fact that it provides abortions.

Trump, who in 1999 declared himself "very pro-choice", said during the presidential campaign previous year that he had evolved on the issue and abortions should be banned except in instances of rape or incest of the woman.

"I think we have an obligation to support women's health and if the federal government deems they don't want to, we as a state should pick it up", she said.

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Trump pointed to polling showing that most Americans do not favour federal funding for abortions.

What it really means to "defund" Planned Parenthood is that Medicaid would prevent its patients from going to Planned Parenthood (or, technically, any other organization receiving more than $350 million in Medicaid funding, should there be one), blocking women, and low-income women in particular, from access to reproductive health care. They are LGBTQ people who found in Planned Parenthood the first or only health care provider to treat them with compassion and without judgment.

In a 2015 study, which was published in the journal The Lancet, USCF researchers looked at 40 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. She said: 'We will always stand for women's ability to make decisions about their health and lives, without interference from politicians in Washington, DC'. They found if women used the most effective forms of contraception there would be a 64% drop in unintended pregnancies, a 63% drop in unintended births, a 67% drops in abortions, and a savings of $12 billion a year in public health care costs.

It is clear that Republicans in Congress and the White House are anxious about the political fallout of attacking Planned Parenthood. Because of increased access to preventative healthcare, as provided by Planned Parenthood, abortions are at their lowest numbers since Roe v. Wade.

"Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions annually, but it has claimed that abortion is "only three percent" of its business", according to Life Site News.

In response to the news that he'd attempted to strike a deal with Planned Parenthood, Trump released a statement on Monday, acknowledging the discussion had taken place.