With plans this drastic and detrimental, you'd think Trump's entire administration would understand what defunding Planned Parenthood actually means, right?
Apparently, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, now a federal employee, had a secret meeting with Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, after her father was elected -- and she learned a thing or two about what the organization does.
It's been reported Ivanka initiated the meeting with Cecile Richards in an effort to discuss Planned Parenthood and the tension that exists between the organization and her father's administration.
And, of course, they talked abortions.
During the secret meeting, Richards informed Ivanka what Planned Parenthood "actually does," and reassured her funding for the organization "doesn't actually go to abortions."
Dawn Laguens, a Planned Parenthood official, talked to Politico about the meeting, saying,
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. 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.
This wasn't the first time Cecile Richards interacted with a Trump, though.
In fact, the activist publicly slammed Donald Trump's lack of abortion knowledge after a presidential debate back in October.
During the debate, Donald displayed his ignorance on late-term abortions, saying it happens when babies are “ripped out of the womb” days before their due dates.
Richards responded to Trump's statement,
His ignorance of these issues is profound, as is his lack of understanding of what women face in making these decisions and how important it is for women and their doctors to be able to make decisions about their health and their futures — and not politicians.
Maybe the entire Trump administration should have a secret sit-down with Cecile in the near future.
Maybe then, they'd understand the severity of what they're trying to accomplish.