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Trump Administration Quietly Meets With Anti-Choice Groups Ahead of Lame Duck Session

Nov 30, 2018

By Katelyn Burns

Anti-choice groups met with White House officials on Wednesday to pressure the Trump administration to further restrict reproductive rights during the lame duck session and the next session of the U.S. Congress.

Representatives from the Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life, National Right to Life, March for Life, and Live Action met with administration officials including White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, according to Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins. The groups called on the president to not sign any budget containing federal funding for Planned Parenthood or government funding for fetal tissue research, said Hawkins, who attended the meeting.

A Students for Life press release outlined the group’s five demands for Trump: refuse to sign a budget that funds Planned Parenthood; finalize the Title X domestic “gag rule”; continue to appoint anti-choice judges; end funding for fetal tissue research; and “sever the connection between sex education” and abortion care providers through federal funding. Hawkins confirmed to Rewire.News that letters’ requests were shared with the other anti-choice groups participating in the meeting.

The Trump administration has rolled out anti-choice policies throughout its two years in office. These include the global gag rule, which bans U.S. foreign aid from going to international health providers who perform or refer patients for abortions, and several proposed and finalized rules regarding abortion access and birth control. Despite those gains, the anti-choice groups complained at yesterday’s meeting that the administration hasn’t achieved several policy goals quickly enough.

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