Rand Paul: Planned Parenthood a ‘Front’ for Abortion

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union With Jake Tapper,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized Planned Parenthood, describing it as a “front for abortions.”

Paul said, “I think we can have disputes over abortion. Our country’s divided. Some people are pro-choice. Some are pro-life. But I think a lot of people, even a lot of pro-choice people are upset by these videos. Manipulating the baby, turning the baby around to get the body parts and then selling the liver. And the doctors cavalierly saying, ‘Oh, well, yeah, liver’s popular right now for sale.’ I think most Americans don’t want their tax dollars going to this. So I think when something is so morally repugnant to so many people why should tax dollars go to this?  So I think most people do want to defund this. I think what you find is if you look at this, we have 9,000 community health centers that do everything that Planned Parenthood does, but they don’t get into abortions. So it would be much less emotional for everyone if we just funded community health centers and didn’t fund Planned Parenthood.”

He added, “Really Planned Parenthood is sort of a front for doing abortions. They say they don’t use federal money. But how can you take money for the group and say none of it is somehow benefiting the production, and the execution of abortions?”

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