According to Politico, Ivanka Trump hosted a private, sit-down meeting with the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards.
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said “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.”
“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.”
In an interview on April 5, Ivanka Trump was asked by CBS News what she would say to her critics that ask why she’s not speaking out publicly on her position on issues such as Planned Parenthood (PP).
Trump responded, “I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard. In some cases, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue on which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly and directly and candidly. So, where I disagree with my father, he knows it.”
Richards was not pleased with this response, telling an audience on Wednesday night at the Women in the World conference that private agreements with President Trump were not good enough.
“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the cross hairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration.”
Ed Morrissey, a writer for the conservative website Hot Air, said Thursday, “Chalk this up to political naïveté, and perhaps some tone deafness.”
“Ivanka might be more liberal than her father — she’s been pushing for mandatory paid family leave, among other things — but Donald Trump has worked hard to put forward a tough, pro-life line for two years, and has followed it up in office, at least so far. The last thing Trump needs while fighting for his agenda on healthcare reform is a connection to Planned Parenthood, especially as the fight pits him against Freedom Caucus members who could seize on that to paint Trump as too moderate to trust.”
“With pro-abortion groups like PP and NAF (The National Abortion Federation), you’re either a true believer, a heretic, or an apostate,” penned Mr. Morrissey. “They aren’t interested in back channels, especially not with Republican administrations. Ivanka did nothing but make herself a target for Richards et al.”
To date, Ivanka Trump has declined to comment about the meeting.
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