Trump says Planned Parenthood can keep funding if it stops abortions

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.

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

According to CBS, almost 400,000 women would lose access to health care if Planned Parenthood lost all federal funding.

In a February 2016 debate, the billionaire tycoon came under fire from also-ran candidate Marco Rubio for "defending Planned Parenthood", prompting him to respond: "Millions and millions of women - cervical cancer, breast cancer - are helped by Planned Parenthood".

On Monday, Trump pledged that he would be willing to guarantee Planned Parenthood's federal funding if the organization agreed to stop providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood's abortion procedures cover only 3 percent of their annual services.

First, the plan to "defund" Planned Parenthood is an affront to women. Fox News reports these numbers mean that among women of reproductive age, only 2 percent will use Planned Parenthood for health care in a given year. They didn't offer to do this because then the abortion corporation would have to act like a real business without subsidies from the government.

"Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion-a necessary service that's as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings", Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded.

Most expected this addition to the bill, especially because the White House went on-record earlier this week urging Planned Parenthood to stop performing abortions or face an end to their federal funds.

American Life League took a look at federal filings for non-profits - and the group's executive director Jim Sedlak learned what he considers to be shocking information about Planned Parenthood regional executives around the country.

Schumer tweeted Tuesday that the legislation, which he referred to as "Trumpcare", cuts funds for Planned Parenthood, "hurting millions of women who turn there for mammograms, maternity care, cancer screenings [and] more". It is claimed the organization is "indispensable" for so-called transgender health care because "many of their clinics are the only places for miles around that trans people can go to for hormone therapy, HIV tests, and pap smears and not face discrimination". Planned Parenthood spokespersons said the videos were edited deceptively to make Planned Parenthood employees look cruel, and James O'Keefe - the man behind numerous recordings - had been caught sharing misleading footage before. Pro-life politicians defunding Planned Parenthood say they care about life.

  • Patricia Jimenez