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Stop Abortions, More Funding: Trump, Kushner Tried to 'Bribe' Planned Parenthood

© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueIvanka Trump and her husband, White House advisor Jared Kushner, sit in the front row for a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S
Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House advisor Jared Kushner, sit in the front row for a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S - Sputnik International
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President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards claims she felt like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner offered her a bribe at a meeting in January of last year to stop the organization from providing abortions to US women.

Richards, who plans to step down as CEO of the nonprofit organization later this year, has detailed her meeting with the daughter and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump in her book, "Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out and Finding the Courage to Lead," which was released Tuesday.

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In the book, Richards reveals that, in an apparent bid to deliver a "political win," the pair suggested during a meeting shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration that federal funding for Planned Parenthood could increase if the organization agreed to cease abortion services.

"In their eyes, if they could stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions, it would confirm their reputation as savvy dealmakers," Richards wrote, as quoted by People magazine. "The main issue, [Kushner] explained, was abortion. If Planned Parenthood wanted to keep our federal funding, we would have to stop providing abortions."

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner step off Marine One helicopter and make the walk across the tarmac before boarding Air Force One before President Donald Trump's departure from Andrews Air Force Base. File photo - Sputnik International
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The CEO said she was appalled by the "surreal" offer to "barter away women's rights for more money" and explained to the First Daughter that this was not an option.

When the meeting was first reported, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood told CNN that from the organization's perspective, the purpose of the meeting was to make sure Ivanka fully understood the organization's role in providing health care to millions of people and why they shouldn't be prevented from accessing care at Planned Parenthood locations.

Richards writes in her book that after her meeting with Ivanka and Kushner, she told a colleague that the deal "felt almost like a bribe."

Planned Parenthood receives $500 million every year in federal funding for non-abortion services. In April 2017, Trump signed a bill allowing states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood.    

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