Trump’s Abortion Strategy
By EMILY BAZELON
MARCH 10, 2017
Divide and conquer. That’s the way to understand President Trump’s informal offer to Planned Parenthood: Stop doing abortions and you can keep the federal funding that the House Republican bill to replace Obamacare would otherwise eliminate. The president was reportedly trying to placate both conservatives and his daughter Ivanka, who, during the campaign, apparently pushed him to recognize that “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
The Trump pitch came cloaked in a guise of supposed reasonableness: Since most of the care women receive at Planned Parenthood involves services like cancer screenings, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, why not simply leave the abortions to other clinics and providers? Planned Parenthood could spare itself a lot of political trouble and Ms. Trump would get to broker a deal.
Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/opinion/trumps-abortion-strategy.html?_r=0