The White House recently made a proposal to Planned Parenthood: The self-professed women’s health care providers can continue to receive federal funds … under one condition:

More from the New York Times:

The White House, concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions.

The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding. That money helps pay for women’s health services the organization provides, not for abortion services.

“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,” [Trump] said. “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.”

For years, Planned Parenthood has claimed that abortions only account for 3 percent of their services. That means 97 percent of their services would continue to receive federal funding. So Planned Parenthood should be feeling pretty good, right?


If federal funds don’t pay for abortion, then why are Richards and Planned Parenthood so upset about the stipulation that federal funding not be used for abortions? It’s almost as if abortion is the only “women’s health care” that Planned Parenthood actually cares about.

But that can’t be right, can it?

OK, Planned Parenthood. Have it your way.