Six Congresswomen chide Ivanka Trump for not taking a stand on healthcare

The Democrats also requested a meeting with the First Daughter and Senior White House Adviser to discuss healthcare policy.
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Six women in Congress, all of them Democrats, invited First Daughter and Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump, to join them for a “constructive discussion” about her father’s policies, citing how critical it is for women to have access to affordable forms of contraception.

In a May 18 letter the Congresswomen called her out for not taking a stand on the American Health Care Act.

“Given your stated passion about women’s issues and empowerment, we found your silence during the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) surprising.”

They called the legislation aimed at replacing Obamacare “a disastrous bill for women and their families.”

It threatens access to pregnancy care, maternal and newborn services, breast cancer screenings, and contraception, they said.

The letter is signed by Democrat Reps. Judy Chu of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Louise Slaughter of New York, Suzan DelBene of Washington, Barbara Lee of California and Jackie Speier of California. Slaughter and DeGette co-chair the House Pro-Choice Caucus.

The Congresswomen also flagged a law President Trump signed that would allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers that perform abortions.

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They also cited an order President Trump signed on May 5, which they say threatens access to contraception and basic health services. The law would allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.

"Again, we were disappointed that you did not voice concerns about this step in the wrong direction for women," the Congresswomen wrote.

"As a busy mother of three, you understand the importance of a woman's ability to plan for herself and her family," they wrote. "Given your influence over these issues in the White House, we respectfully request an in-person meeting prior to May 26, 2017 to discuss the important role contraception plays in ensuring the success of America's women and families."

Read the letter.

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