One week ago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he supported defunding Planned Parenthood on a conservative radio talk show. Now, in a recent interview with CNN, the billionaire businessman seems to have changed his stance on the controversial issue.
When asked last week by radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would shut down the government to take away the millions of taxpayer dollars the women’s health organization receives annually, Trump responded “I would.”
“If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like (Sen.) Ted Cruz,” Trump stated in his Aug. 3 radio appearance. “If they had stuck together they would have won that battle. I think you have to in this case (Planned Parenthood) also, yes.”
A majority of Republicans and some Democrats in Congress believe Planned Parenthood should be fully defunded after videos surfaced of the organization’s executives seemingly discussing the buying and selling of fetal tissue of aborted infants, which is an illegal practice. The organization has stated it did nothing wrong and has accused its critics of doctoring the video in an effort to financially hurt the organization.
While Trump admitted to being “very, very proud to say that I am pro-life” during the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6, he has seemed to change his view on Planned Parenthood funding during an interview with CNN’s “New Day” on Aug. 11.
“I would look at the good aspects of it, and I would also look because I’m sure they do some things properly and good for women. I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also, but we have to take care of women,” Trump said. “The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded.”
Under current federal government guidelines, taxpayer funding cannot go to providing abortions anywhere in the U.S., Politico noted. Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its total services, which include birth control, cancer screenings and other women’s health services.
During his appearance on Aug. 11, Trump used some of the time to criticize Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on abortion. During the GOP debate, Rubio said he was not in favor of abortion in any circumstance.
“I am pro-life and I am strongly about pro-life, but I also feel that you go with the exceptions,” Trump said. “I’m for the exceptions and the health of the mother and the life of the mother and so is Ronald Reagan for the exceptions, by the way.”