Just like her father and so many others, Ivanka Trump has changed her mind about abortion.
The oldest daughter of President Donald Trump, she never used to discuss the issue publicly. Until her father won the White House, Ivanka rarely spoke about politics at all, but many assumed that she was at least moderately supportive of legalized abortion
Now, she is one of her father’s closest advisers – and “unapologetically pro-life,” Real Clear Politics reported this week.
“I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion, but I am also a mother of three children, and parenthood affected me in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things,” she told the news outlet in an exclusive interview. “I am pro-life, and unapologetically so.”
Ivanka said she and her father both believe in putting people before political parties.
While she identified her children as her main reason for becoming pro-life, Planned Parenthood’s attacks against her may be another.
Soon after her father took office, she met with former CEO Cecile Richards to discuss the abortion chain’s taxpayer funding. Ivanka proposed that Planned Parenthood separate its abortion business from its actual health services so that it could continue to receive tax dollars but those tax dollars would not be used for abortions. Richards, likely hoping for an ally in the president’s daughter, refused and later slammed Ivanka repeatedly in public interviews.
As former employees, politicians and other prominent figures often learn, the abortion industry is quick to attack anyone who is not completely in lockstep with its pro-abortion agenda.
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The report mentioned her meeting with Richards, but Ivanka did not say if it influenced her pro-life views. She did, however, say the Democratic Party’s increasingly radical pro-abortion stance has.
According to the report: “A White House aide followed up to clarify that Ivanka’s answer was both a personal conviction and a reflection of how far Democrats have shifted left on abortion. ‘A huge driving part of that’ stance, the aide explained, ‘is where the Democratic Party has gone.’”
The party platform supports abortions without restrictions and demands that taxpayers be forced to pay for them. It supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion group in the U.S., too. Presidential candidate Joe Biden shares these views and has promised to expand abortions by codifying Roe v. Wade into law and ending the Hyde Amendment, if elected.
Other members of Trump’s family also have been showing support for unborn babies and the pro-lifers who work to save their lives.
In September, Lara Trump visited the HELP Pregnancy Center in Monroe, North Carolina to highlight its life-saving work. According to Pregnancy Help News, she toured the center, visited with a client and her baby, learned about the work of pro-life pregnancy centers and prayed with the staff and volunteers.
President Donald Trump has taken numerous actions to protect unborn babies, both on a national and global scale. He defunded Planned Parenthood through his Mexico City and Title X policies and introduced new restrictions to stop taxpayer dollars from funding research using aborted baby body parts. Trump stopped giving American tax dollars to United Nations Population Fund because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its forced abortion population control policies.
Additionally, the Trump administration has been fighting to protect pro-life medical workers from employment discrimination. Last year, it became involved in a Vermont nurse’s case after she said her employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, tricked her into participating in an abortion against her will. It also created a new rule to better enforce conscience protections and punish medical groups that discriminate against pro-life medical workers.