Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried to tie funding for Planned Parenthood to an end of abortion services, according to a new book.
Cecile Richards, the outgoing head of the reproductive health organization, detailed a 2017 meeting with the President’s family members in “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.”
A passage seen by PEOPLE magazine saw Richards take the meeting amid a push by Congressional Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million each year but does not use the money for abortions.
She said that when she met with Ivanka Trump and Kushner last year, however, they tried to score a “political win” and convince her to give up
“In their eyes, if they could stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would confirm their reputation as savvy dealmakers. It was surreal, essentially being asked to barter away women’s rights for more money,” she wrote, according to PEOPLE.
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She said that she explained there was “no way” that would work, and later told a colleague that she considered the offer as akin to a “bribe.”
Ivanka Trump and Kushner have not commented on the book passage.
Planned Parenthood said of the meeting, shortly after the inauguration last year, that the encounter was “cordial and informative” with a purpose of making sure the first daughter “understood the important role Planned Parenthood plays.”
The $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed Congress and was signed by President Trump last month included funding for the organization.
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