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Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump Compromise on Funding: Abortion ‘Vital to Our Mission’

UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 29: Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, prepares for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on whether PPFA should be federally funded, September 29, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Donald Trump administration has reportedly told the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, that it can maintain its hundreds of millions of dollars in annual federal funding as long as it stops performing abortions altogether.

According to The New York Times, the White House has issued Planned Parenthood an informal compromise that would preserve the organization’s federal funding, most of which could be stripped should legislation unveiled on Monday that would repeal major components of Obamacare be passed by Congress and signed into law.

The Times reports that Planned Parenthood, which conducts over 300,000 abortions every year, would have to stop doing abortions completely in order to keep its federal assistance under Trump. Under President Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood was receiving over $500 million per year in federal funding.

Considering there are laws in place that prevent federal funds from being used to conduct abortions, Planned Parenthood officials have maintained that those funds are used for its other health services, such as cancer screenings and contraception.

Although the proposal was never formally offered, Planned Parenthood officials have strongly rejected such a proposal.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards took to her Twitter page on Monday to publicly respond to the reported proposal. She stated that “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion” and argued that abortion is a “necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screening.”

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