Just after her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump held an under-the-radar meeting with Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood. But after being all but silent on the very women’s issues she seemed so eager to protect, Planned Parenthood finally called Ivanka out.
While speaking in New York City, Richards said:
“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the cross hairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration.”
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, continued:
“You don’t get to have it both ways. You don’t get to say, I’m all for economic empowerment, and ignore that 30 percent of wage gains are directly attributable to access to birth control. You don’t get to say women should have great child care when maternity benefits are on the chopping block.”
Regarding the quiet meeting Ivanka took with Planned Parenthood, Politico reported:
“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” said Dawn Laguens. “The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn’t actually go to abortions — we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works.”
Ivanka initially seemed the silver lining to her father’s chauvinistic policy proposals, meeting with leaders from the National Women’s Law Center and the National Partnership for Women and Family, among other women’s groups.
However, since Ivanka assumed office in the White House, she has been eerily silent on any issues related to women’s rights, including the Republican’s new health care bill. This bill, the American Health Care Act, all but gutted much of the progress that Obamacare granted for women.
When the Senate dismantled an Obama-era rule barring states from denying family planning grants to Planned Parenthood, Ivanka’s silence was the final straw for the leaders of Planned Parenthood.
Ivanka had only this to say about the issue:
“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.”
As a self-proclaimed champion of women’s rights, though, that’s exactly what a lack of public denouncement equates to.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.