Trump Defends Planned Parenthood Stance Amidst Praise From The Group

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Donald Trump on Tuesday defended comments he made earlier in the day suggesting that Republicans consider the services unrelated to abortion provided by Planned Parenthood before defunding the organization.

The real estate mogul had initially indicated support for congressional Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, but he backed away from that stance in a Tuesday morning interview on CNN. He said he would want to take another look at the other services provided by the organization before cutting of federal funding entirely.

In an interview that aired Tuesday night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Trump about the comments he made that morning.

“Let’s say there is 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,” Trump told Hannity. “They also however service women.”

“We have to help women,” he continued. “We have to look at the positives, also, for Planned Parenthood.”

Hannity then asked if the government should provide any funds to groups that perform abortions, even if government money does not directly fund those procedures.

“Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don’t do the funding for the stuff that we want,” Trump said in response. “There are many ways you can do that, because I’m totally against the abortion aspect at 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.”

During his interview with CNN earlier in the day, Trump also expressed support for exceptions to bans on abortion in cases of rape and incest, as well as in cases that would save the life of the mother.

His comments on abortion and Planned Parenthood funding earned him praise from the organization on Tuesday.

“Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “We hope that the rest of the GOP field will wake up and reconsider their extreme and unpopular positions on defunding preventive care, abortion bans, and the other economic issues that women and their families care about.”

Watch part of Hannity’s interview with Trump via Fox News:

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  1. Avatar for dswx dswx says:

    And now of course CNN (big supporter of the Teabaggers going back to the last presidential election) is doing all it can to try to mainstream racist Trump. They try to make him sound more moderate and completely ignore his birther actions. And completely ignore his utter lack of qualifications or policy positions.

  2. wait? what?!? donald trump is the sanest gop candidate?!?!? bwahahahaha!!!

  3. I don’t think this stance has anything to do with being reasonable. Trump knows he has a nasty reputation with regards to women, fairness, equality and just plain being civil to the ladies without going all out and attacking them for having vaginas that bleed. He’s trying to appear “caring” about women and this is the perfect opportunity because he knows PP is actually quite popular even among many “conservative” women.

  4. Avatar for lio lio says:

    Did the great and terrifying Smaug just reveal the location of the chink in his armor?

  5. Trump: “Well…uhh…we can’t have them out on the streets bleeding outta’ their eyes…out of there…wherever. Can we?”

    The Donald is playing kissy’ kissy’ with women’s health and giving a tepid ‘defense’ of planned parenthood only to counter his record of misogyny and recent royal f*ckups’ in his dust up with Megyn Kelly.

    BTW: The humorous element of this stance by Trump is that the Republicans and their propaganda outlet FOX will be very hesitant to criticize him for fear of the backlash from the monster they created and his followers, a backlash that resulted in Roger Ailes crawling to kiss Trump’s backside when their attempts backfired. And at FOX, he’s gold for ratings!

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