Women’s health has been under attack since the election of Donald Trump, and it’s past time for Ivanka Trump to address it.
As someone who has built her image on the concept of empowering women, it’s noticeable that Trump has not spoken about the health care threats women around the world are facing because of her father’s administration.
Six female members of Congress sent a letter in mid-May asking Trump to meet with them and “engage in a constructive discussion about the importance of preserving access to affordable birth control and other forms of contraception for women across the country.”
The members of Congress include Reps. Judy Chu, Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, Suzan DelBene, Barbara Lee, and Jackie Speier. I spoke with DelBene about the letter on Monday.
Ivanka has yet to respond to the invitation, according to DelBene.
The letter says that the Congresswomen found Ivanka Trump’s silence on the AHCA passing in the House “surprising.”
This was especially true because the AHCA is “a disastrous bill for women and their families,” the letter reads.

Advocate Ivanka. Whatcha doing about rape as a pre-existing condition for women? Asking for a friend.
— cjem12 (@CJEM1226) May 12, 2017

They add that they were “disappointed that you did not voice concerns about this step in the wrong direction for women” when President Trump signed a law that lets states take away funding from organizations the provide abortions.
The Congresswomen chose to reach out to Trump specifically because of her voiced support for women’s issues.
“I’m definitely skeptical of that, but she expressed some interest, so we wanted to make sure we reached out because these are critical issues and there’s been concerning news,” DelBene says.
The group just wants to have a “factual conversation about women’s health” with someone in the Trump administration.
“We wanted to highlight in this letter that we’re willing talk to anyone in this administration to engage in a constructive dialogue about these issues,” DelBene said.
But so far, nobody in the administration has chosen to respond.
“We need the administration to understand how important this is,” DelBene says, “and [Ivanka Trump] is a member of the administration and has been someone who is supposed to be taking up these issues.”
There have been many attacks on women’s health since Donald Trump was elected.
“We can’t allow the president to roll back the clock on women, and we need to highlight all the issues where this is starting to happen,” DelBene says.
During the election, Donald voiced an anti-abortion platform and spread factually inaccurate information about the procedure.

So, Donald may pull out of #ParisAgreement AND roll back ACA’s birth control mandate. How’s that “presidential adviser” role coming, Ivanka?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 31, 2017

As president, he reinstated the “Global Gag Rule,” putting vulnerable women abroad at risk. He appointed apparently pro-life Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has ruled against contraception access.
The GOP’s health care plan, which Ivanka celebrated, gives states the option to take away protections for pre-existing conditions, which overwhelmingly affect women. The plan also defunds Planned Parenthood and makes pregnancy more expensive.

Here’s feminist hero Ivanka Trump celebrating c-sections becoming a pre existing condition. pic.twitter.com/MXXWkP4BqY
— Rhea Butcher️‍⚾️ (@RheaButcher) May 5, 2017

Meanwhile, the administration has been pointing towards taking away birth control coverage that was secured by Barack Obama.
If Ivanka Trump truly wants to position herself as the women’s expert in the Trump administration, she needs to start talking about health care.
These members of Congress just want to have a conversation with Trump about the many ongoing threats to women’s health.
“I’m skeptical about her commitment to stand up on these issues, but my colleagues and I want to make sure that she is informed and give her the opportunity [to discuss],” DelBene says.
Trump has been present at White House meetings on various women’s issues, has represented the United States in discussions about women, and is pushing for a paid family leave policy.

@IvankaTrump what exactly are you doing to help women besides holding luncheons for specific women, selling a book that doesn’t help anyone
— MOPGA⛄☈☇⛆⛄ (@prettyeyes1971) May 21, 2017


But you can’t call yourself a voice for women and not talk about the basic well-being of women in American and around the globe. It is inexcusable that Trump has not spoken up at all about women’s health under this administration.
“We need to stand up against the attacks that have come from the administration, and if there’s someone in the administration who’s going to be that voice and speak up for women, then we want to make sure that we talk to that person,” DelBene says.
So far, it doesn’t seem like Ivanka Trump wants to take on that vital responsibility.
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