The White House recently proposed a plan to keep funding Planned Parenthood if the nonprofit organization discontinued providing abortions, The New York Times reported.
The offer was rejected by Planned Parenthood officials.
"Let's be clear, federal funds already do not pay for abortions," Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told the Times. "Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical healthcare services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable."
Congressional Republicans for years have tried to strip funding from Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortion services and Trump campaigned on the promise he would do so once he took office.
The president on Monday confirmed conversations he had with Planned Parenthood about federal funding.
"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," he told the 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."
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