WASHINGTON, D.C.,(LifeSiteNews) – Ivanka Trump initiated a meeting with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards after her father was inaugurated as U.S. president, a new report revealed.
The first daughter and Cecile Richards met to talk about the nation’s largest abortion chain at Ivanka Trump’s request, in what Politico called an “under-the-radar meeting.”
A representative from the abortion giant said Ivanka Trump wanted “to know more about the facts of Planned Parenthood,” according to the political news outlet.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens called it “an explainer meeting.”
Planned Parenthood contends that the roughly half-billion taxpayer dollars it takes in annually doesn’t support abortion. But the abortion business does not address the fact that the funds are fungible. The federal subsidies free up the abortion provider’s funds and enable it to pay its abortion centers’ overhead, direct its donations to marketing, and perform abortion political advocacy.
Abortion activists view the question of support for Planned Parenthood as a bit of a litmus test for Trump ‘s commitment to women’s rights, according to the report. And they feel that “Ivanka Trump must be held accountable for her silence.”
This sentiment has likely escalated in recent weeks with Ivanka Trump becoming a senior White House official and receiving security clearance and a West Wing office. And, consequently, Richards has taken a couple of public shots at her.
“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,” Richards told the Women in the World conference in New York City on Wednesday night.
Ivanka’s potential influence on the administration is considered especially pertinent given her father’s past fluid and at-times dubious take on Planned Parenthood and abortion.
At more than one point during the presidential campaign Donald Trump praised Planned Parenthood, even saying millions of women were helped by the abortion behemoth, citing the cancer screening argument it frequently uses to obfuscate the abortion issue.