In her much-anticipated memoir released this week, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards recounts her poorly-fated peak then Ivanka and Jared Kushner at the beginning of the Trump administration and how she explained it to Planned Parenthood vice president Dawn Laguens: “Honestly, it re felt as well as a bribe.”
It was reported in May 2017 that Ivanka had proposed in that conversation that Planned Parenthood be split in two, gone one smaller isolation for abortion facilities-a warn that Richards dismissed. But Richards filled in the details in Make Trouble.
According to the lp, a pal in the fashion industry had encouraged Richards to achieve out to Ivanka; once Ivanka invited Jared to colleague them, Richards “begged” her husband to attend as ably. (“If nothing else, I felt I needed a witness,” she writes.)
When Richards explained how important it was that Planned Parenthood continue to customary federal funds to find the maintenance for access to care to millions of men and women, Kushner interceded: Planned Parenthood “had made a big error by becoming ‘diplomatic.'” If Richards would pause abortion services at its clinics, Planned Parenthood could pin harshly more federal dollars.
“He described his ideal consequences: a national headline reading ‘Planned Parenthood Discontinues Abortion Services,'” Richards writes, per People.
Richards understood the implication. “In their eyes, if they could position Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would uphold their reputation as savvy dealmakers. It was surreal, in fact live thing asked to barter away womens rights for more allocation.”
Of course, Richards turned them all along. Over 12 months vanguard, Planned Parenthood is yet in matter, Jared is by the side of a clearance, and America sits and waits for evidence that there is even one “savvy dealmaker” in the White House, enter upon alone two.
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