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What Ivanka And Cecile Richards Discussed During Their Meeting Has Been Leaked, And It Exposes Planned Parenthood

It was widely reported several months ago that Ivanka Trump met with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Although the details of the meeting were not made known at the time, such a meet-up worried those who value life in the womb.

Ivanka now has an official role in the White House, and was even rumored to have influenced her father’s decision to take action in Syria. In other words, a well-known progressive, New York-style liberal feminist who has major influence over the POTUS was chatting it up with the leader of the scandal-ridden and foremost abortion mill in the United States.

Again, this was not exactly music to the ears of pro-lifers.

Although Ivanka’s tendency to reach out to Planned Parenthood in the first place seems problematic, a New York Times piece published last week exposed that the First Daughter actually pitched a solution to Planned Parenthood that would be deemed a step in the right direction for most pro-lifers. Here’s what Ivanka proposed:

Planned Parenthood should split in two, Ms. Trump suggested, with a smaller arm to provide abortions and a larger one devoted to women’s health services. White House officials said Ms. Trump was trying to find a common-sense solution amid the roar of abortion politics.

Ivanka, unsurprisingly, was turned down:

But Planned Parenthood officials said they thought Ms. Trump’s advice was naïve, failing to understand how central reproductive choice was to the group’s mission.

Planned Parenthood’s refusal to split their business between abortion and other “services” is all you really need to know about the abortion mill. As much as the lucrative nonprofit suggests to the public that federal money never funds abortion, or as much as they display their services other than abortion as a cover, Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is dependent on abortion; their main purpose is abortion. Richards’ refusal of Ivanka’s pitch makes this clear.

Here’s National Review’s Alexandra Desanctis with more:

[Planned Parenthood] has loudly insisted for years that its annual half a billion dollars in public funding never pays for abortion and that abortion is just one service among many crucial health options provided to women. Planned Parenthood’s executives repeatedly promise the American public that abortion is a mere 3 percent of its services, despite numerous articles debunking that false statistic, despite the fact that the group provides something in the realm of 325,000 thousand such procedures every year, making it the biggest provider of abortion in the nation.


… Richards’s refusal incredibly significant. Abortion is indeed “central” to Planned Parenthood; it is the most profitable “service” the group offers. Perhaps that’s why the group’s executives regularly impose strict abortion quotas on its clinics, rewarding those facilities that convince more women to have abortions, a fact revealed by former Planned Parenthood workers.

No one with any real knowledge of Planned Parenthood would think the abortion mill would agree to such a simplistic proposal. Planned Parenthood is in the lucrative business of killing unborn babies — everything else is merely a cover. Period.