Ivanka Had Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood

Her relationship with Cecile Richards has since soured: Politico
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 9:41 AM CDT
Ivanka Had Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood
Ivanka Trump at the White House on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Not long before explaining that "lack of public denouncement" does not equal silence, Ivanka Trump secretly met with the head of Planned Parenthood, reports Politico. After indicating she wanted to know more about the organization, Trump sat down with Cecile Richards in the weeks following her father's inauguration, says Dawn Laguens of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. On Richards' side, the goal was to clear up misconceptions about the organization, explaining that federal funding "doesn't actually go to abortions," Laguens says. But while the meeting was affable, their relationship has since turned ugly as the first daughter has kept quiet on women's issues, including abortion, Politico reports.

Supporters of Trump—who has also met with leaders at the National Women's Law Center and National Partnership for Women and Family, per Politico—say she wouldn't be able to convince the Republican base to embrace Planned Parenthood even if she did speak out publicly. But Richards clearly isn't on the same page. "Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy we've seen in this administration," she said Wednesday at the Women in the World conference in New York. (Ivanka apparently doesn't know what "complicit" means.)

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