Donald Trump And Planned Parenthood: An Unlikely Friendship

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On nearly every political subject out there, Donald Trump’s opinions are completely backwards. But on the matter of funding Planned Parenthood, he’s the Republican candidate with the most reasonable response. Don’t worry, we’re shocked, too.

Tuesday, Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he opposes federal funding going to Planned Parenthood to pay for abortions, but that he has no problem with tax money paying for the other services that Planned Parenthood provides. He said, specifically:

‘The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly, and you can’t have it. And you just shouldn’t be funding it. That should not be funded by the government, and I feel strongly about that.’

First of all, calling Planned Parenthood an “abortion factory” is a bit much. However, he also acknowledged that there are good things that Planned Parenthood provides, which is more than any other Republican candidate has done.

About the good, he said, “What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do, and maybe some of the individual things they do are good. I know a lot of the things are bad. But certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government, absolutely.” He continued:

‘I would look at the good aspects of [Planned Parenthood], and I would also look, because I’m sure they do some things properly and good and that are good for women, and I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also. But we have to take care of women.’

Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferror, likely refreshed by a little bit of rationale coming from a Republican candidate, and from Donald Trump at that, said in a statement:

‘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. 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.’

Trump is still not exactly a Planned Parenthood champion, but of the Republican candidates, he’s at least on the matter of providing affordable healthcare for women, the least awful.

This isn’t the first time Trump has defended Planned Parenthood, either. In August of 2015, he told Sean Hannity many of the same things he told Cuomo. Watch his interview below:

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