GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump gave words of support for Planned Parenthood at CNN’s Texas Republican Debate Thursday night, saying that “it helps millions of women.”
While the billionaire continued to state his backing for defunding the scandal-laden organization because he disagrees with the abortion facet of its operations, he also felt compelled at the debate to express his appreciation for the other services it provides for women.
“You can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood who are helped greatly,” Trump inserted in the middle of the abortion exchange with other candidates at the CNN debate in Houston, Texas. “I wouldn’t fund it — I’d defund it because of the abortion factor.”
The 69-year-old business tycoon stressed that Planned Parenthood provides needed services for women, even though he reiterated his commitment to defund the group that receives the full support of President Barack Obama.
“I am pro-life,” Trump insisted to his opponents and the Texas crowd, according to LifeNews. “I am totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, [with] cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
This sentiment in favor of the leader of the abortion industry is just the latest attempt by the Republican presidential frontrunner to express his unflagging backing of the controversial group — or at least a part of it — driving home his point that it’s not all bad.
In a recent interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump’s defense of Planned Parenthood is reported to have likely incited many of his pro-life supporters to go looking for another Republican presidential candidate. Taking the side of the billion-dollar abortion giant, Trump sided with its proponents, arguing that pro-life advocates opposing it simply don’t know it as well as the clients who frequent it.
“I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it,” Trump told “Meet the Press” Host Chuck Todd. “And they do some very good work. Cervical cancer, lots of women’s issues — women’s health issues are taken care of.”
Qualifying his allegiance to Planned Parenthood, the outspoken GOP presidential contender insists that abortion is just a minor part of what it does for women — despite numerous reports indicating that abortion is its primary generator of income. He says that the abortion dimension of the providers’ clinics is basically the only reason why he aims to strip it from being funded by federal taxpayer dollars.
“Planned Parenthood does a really good job at a lot of different areas — but not on abortion,” Trump expressed earlier in the week on Sunday. “So I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it.”
Change to win more conservative votes?
Even though Trump has continually insisted throughout his campaign that he is against the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, it was not until earlier this month that he vowed to sign a bill defunding the abortion corporation — if elected president. In fact, the GOP White House hopeful has reportedly failed to sign legislation to defund Planned Parenthood every time it has been brought before him.
Trump’s new promise to defend the abortion provider — if elected — was made during a recent interview with CBN’s David Brody. Many believe this move will work to put many pro-lifers in his corner and gain their trust that he would champion pro-life policies when in the Oval Office.
But despite his reassurance given on CBN, Trump continued to give Planned Parenthood accolades for the “good things” and “wonderful work” it has done. Many believe that such rhetoric will continue to alienate him from pro-life advocates and other evangelical Christians.
However, LifeNews’ Steven Ertelt questions how “any ‘good thing’ could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.”
In order to convince conservatives of his pro-life convictions, Trump gave his take on America’s legalization of abortion that began more than four decades ago.
“Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was ‘wrongly decided,’” LifeNews reports. “Trump said he would appoint ‘very good judges’ who would ultimately ‘change it,’ but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.”
When rival GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) challenged Trump’s true stance on abortion during Thursday night’s Texas GOP Presidential Debate, he mentioned that Trump was previously a longtime supporter of abortion. Cruz went on to accuse the GOP’s leading contender of actually supporting federal funds going to Planned Parenthood.