U.S. presidential daughter Ivanka Trump has sparked worry among pro-life camps after word got out about her secret meeting with the president of abortion giant Planned Parenthood weeks after her father was inaugurated.
In a report posted on April 6, Politico said the first daughter quietly sought out Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to discuss the organization which some say should be defunded for providing abortions and other women's health services. The publication says it is rare for a high-profile Democratic activist and a Republican president's adviser to meet under such circumstances.
"The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile's point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients," explained Planned Parenthood Federation of America's executive president Dawn Laguens. "The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn't actually go to abortions — we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works."
Despite Laguens' clarification that the purpose of the meeting was for the first daughter to know more about what Planned Parenthood does, it has caused pro-lifers and conservatives to worry about how it could affect future policies in the country, Life Site News reports.
Moreover, the discussion has thrown Trump under a bad light. Richards struck out at Ivanka for her "deafening" silence on the health care bill being pushed by the GOP, and again during the Women in the World conference held in New York City.
For Alexandra Desanctis of the National Review, it was wrong for Trump to meet with Richards because it reveals the "complete disingenuousness" of Planned Parenthood about the scope of the services it provides. Her willingness to also find a common ground with the abortion giant also conveys the message that she may see the group as simply another health care provider.
However, the National Review pointed out that Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the country, with around 325,000 pregnancies being terminated every year. The publication also slammed the organization for downplaying this fact after it claimed that abortion only makes up 3 percent of all its services.