Many political pundits believe that the White House made this offer because of the possible blowback of Republicans in the House and Senate attempting to defund Planned Parenthood altogether. Planned Parenthood currently receives approximately $500 million per year in federal money. The organization rejected the informal offer.
"Let's be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions," said executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dawn Laguens, on Monday. "Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable."
Many allies of Planned Parenthood have come out in support of the organization. One of the most controversial supporters of Planned Parenthood has been First Daughter, Ivanka Trump, who has an informal role with the organization. President Trump spoke about his feelings on the ongoing abortion issue.
"As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings," said Trump via a statement in The New York Times. "Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services."