Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Slams Ivanka Trump for Not Defending Abortion

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 24, 2017   |   3:26PM   |   Washington, DC

The president of Planned Parenthood criticized President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka on Friday for not speaking up for the abortion chain’s taxpayer funding.

“It’s time for Ivanka to … stand for women,” Cecile Richards told Buzzfeed, adding that Ivanka’s silence on the abortion issue has been “deafening.”

Ivanka Trump is believed to be very influential with her father. She has not said much publicly about Planned Parenthood or her stance on abortion.

On Thursday, Richards also blasted female pro-lifers, saying any Congresswoman who votes to defund Planned Parenthood is “betraying every woman in America,” according to Newsweek.

Richards, who earns nearly $1 million a year, has been lobbying aggressively against the defunding legislation.

Congress currently is debating the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. A provision in the bill would prohibit states from using “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the legislation; and those entities include any entity that “provides for abortions.” That means the nation’s biggest abortion corporation — Planned Parenthood.

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The legislation would redirect tax dollars to community health centers. A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by 20 to one.

The abortion group receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars every year. It also aborts more than 300,000 unborn babies annually, according to its own annual reports.

A recent congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it. Planned Parenthood also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.

As reported, President Trump made an offer to the Planned Parenthood abortion company that to not only keep its funding but increase its taxpayer funding if it would stop killing babies in abortions and focus on legitimate, non-abortion healthcare. Planned Parenthood said no.

Recent polls indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.