Recent reports indicate that Ivanka Trump, daughter of an avowed pro-lifer in President Donald Trump, held a secret “under-the-radar” meeting with Planned Parenthood president and CEO Cecile Richards.
The meeting, sought out by Ivanka and held within weeks of the President’s inauguration, was designed to ‘seek common ground’ with Planned Parenthood on the topic of abortion.
Surely she knew what problems this would cause her father had news of the meeting been made public. The question is, why is she quietly meeting anyone in the abortion industry without anybody from the administration knowing about it?
The first daughter requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood and a vocal surrogate for Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail, to talk about an organization that is being targeted by Republicans seeking to defund it because it provides abortions, among other women’s health services like cancer screenings.
Their under-the-radar meeting — a rarity between a well-known Democratic activist and a close adviser to a Republican president — has not been previously reported.
The platform of being pro-life and anti-abortion has been a staple of the Trump campaign and has extended into his presidency.
On the political stump, candidate Trump promised voters that “I am pro-life” and that he would “appoint judges who are pro-life.”
An obvious example of that would be this week’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
The nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch of Colorado to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is confirmed.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) April 7, 2017
President of the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, stated that “the swift fulfillment of President Trump’s commitment to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices is a tremendous win for the pro-life movement.”
In addition to appointing pro-life judges, President Trump signed an executive order back in January – around the same time Ivanka was planning the meeting – that barred federal funds from being used by organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
According to the Politico report, Ivanka’s outreach backfired with Richards and Planned Parenthood officials, who have since been attacking the First Daughter over women’s health and the health care bill.
So what was she thinking reaching out to this group in the first place?
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