Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated that abortion is a “fairly small part” of what Planned Parenthood does, and that “Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don’t do the funding for the stuff that we want” an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Trump said of Planned Parenthood [relevant remarks being around 5:45] and his previous comments about shutting the government down to defund them and the positive things Planned Parenthood does along with his argument that, “certainly, the abortion aspect of it should not be funded, by government, absolutely,” “They do good things, I’m talking about defund having to do with the abortion.”
Trump was then asked if they should get any taxpayer money, he answered, “let’s say there’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now, that’s actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it’s a brutal part, and I’m totally against it, and I wouldn’t do that. They also, however, service woman, and one of the things that I thought was so terrible, when Jeb Bush…when he talked about women’s health issues, he was so bad. I mean, it’s like, what is he doing? We have to help women. A lot of women are helped. So, we have to look at the positives, also, for Planned Parenthood. You know, even a guy like you, you may be convinced that it does some positive things. I would look at it very strongly. We have to help women. As far as the abortion stuff, absolutely un –.”
He was then asked, “But if they are doing abortions, then they can allocate their other resources to other things. … why should the taxpayers pay for an organization that — ?” Trump answered, “Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don’t do the funding for the stuff that we want. There are many ways you can do that Sean, because I’m totally against the abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood, but I’ve had many women, I’ve had many Republican, conservative women come up and say Planned Parenthood serves a good function, other than that one aspect.”
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