Trump Offers Planned Parenthood a Lifeline…of Sorts

Republicans have been promising to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding since undercover tapes proved the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, but President Trump has offered the company a deal: Stop performing abortions and you can keep your $500 million in annual grants.

Think they’ll take the offer?

In case you had any illusions about that, the company said Monday they would not accept the deal.

“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

Awesome. Good news: You don’t have to negotiate. You can just make the simple choice: Keep providing abortions or take half a billion dollars in taxpayer aid. No need for a long, drawn-out debate. It’s one or the other. Simple. You’ve made your choice, and that’s your right. Now, it’s our right to give that $500 million to healthcare clinics that don’t kill the unborn. Fair?

That Trump made the offer at all is a sign of how much he respects the advice of his daughter, Ivanka, who has encouraged him to take some decidedly un-conservative stances when it comes to women’s issues. But we’re sure Trump wasn’t under the impression that Planned Parenthood would take the deal. The company is built from the ground up on a foundation of abortion. Without that cash cow, the organization would not be a national force in politics.

“As I said throughout the campaign, 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 nonabortion services such as cancer screenings,” Trump said in a statement to the New York Times. “Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”

Ah, but they don’t care a whit about continuing that important work. Trump could offer to double their federal funding and they would still reject it out of hand. And since they care more about abortions than federal funding, Republicans should have no qualms about taking it from them.

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