Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and all federal funding for abortion providers.
The order, which is currently on hold, was an attempt to defund the organization.
As of Thursday, the Trump administration has taken the lead in the attempt to dismantle the organization, with the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions already taking over.
According to a statement from Planned Parenthood’s vice president of government relations, the organization is working closely with federal and state law enforcement to make sure that all women are protected from unsafe and harmful abortion services.
As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reviewing and expanding its abortion-providing resources.
It’s also working with the federal and local governments to ensure women are safe and have access to safe, legal abortion care, as well as expanding support to women and their health care providers.
“The Trump Administration has not only failed to provide safe and legal abortion services to women across the country, but also in the states and territories,” said Nita Lowey, executive director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents Planned Parenthood.
“We continue to expect that these actions will lead to a number of women being harmed, including in states that have not yet enacted their own abortion restrictions.
In the meantime, Planned Parenthood remains committed to ensuring that every woman in America has access to quality, safe, and affordable health care services.
And it’s our hope that the Trump Administration will also take steps to make the Affordable Care Act a national priority for the health and safety of all Americans.”
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, there are currently 7,400 Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide.
In 2017, Planned Care was the nation’s leading provider of abortion services, with nearly 2.5 million patients.
“Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to provide affordable and comprehensive abortion services in America for decades, and we will continue to do so in the future,” said Nancy Northup, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“As we work to ensure that every American has access, we also know that there are those who are trying to exploit our mission for their own ends.”