While President Trump’s daughter respects “all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,’ she explained that her experience as a mother to three children has affected her “in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”
“I am pro-life, and unapologetically so,” she declared.
A White House aide told the outlet that Trump’s comments reflected her personal convictions and her views on the direction the Democratic party is headed.
“A huge driving part of that (stance) is where the Democratic Party has gone,” the aide explained.
Throughout her father’s first term, up until this point, Ivanka Trump has not taken an official position on abortion, The Christian Post reports.
In 2016, however, she did assert that “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother,” Slate reports.
But, in 2017, she held a secret meeting with then Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards shortly after her father’s inauguration.
According to Politico, “In the weeks following her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the President of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion.”
Trump suggested that Richards split Planned Parenthood into two groups: one larger group that would provide non-abortion services with federal funding, and another group that would still conduct abortions but without the use of federal funds.
Trump’s proposal, however, would be rejected as Planned Parenthood maintained that abortion was at the heart of their mission.
An article in the New York Times noted that Planned Parenthood officials considered her suggestion to be “naive” saying that she failed to recognize “how central [abortion] was to the group’s mission.”