During a question and answer period after a speech in New Hampshire on the campaign trail, presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his call for de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The call for revoking its taxpayer funding comes one day before the Senate is prepare dot vote on the matter and one week after a deranged gunman shot a dozen people outside an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three.
The pro-life movement has long called for the de-funding of the nation’s biggest abortion business but stepped up those calls when Planned Parenthood was exposed selling the body parts of aborted babies.
The Boston newspaper details the exchange Trump had with one voter who asked him about de-funding and Trump repeatedly said he favored it — and he also addressed the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court court that essentially allowed unlimited abortions in the United States for any reason throughout pregnancy.
One audience member, who said his name was Dennis Wagner, of Littleton, said he was concerned about the “civil decay” in society.
“We can see it; it’s very prevalent with this Planned Parenthood,” said Wagner, who then referenced Kermit Gosnell, a former doctor convicted of murdering three infants born alive during attempted abortions.
“With that horror and that carnage in mind, and you can see how when a bill is enacted as the Roe v. Wade thing, all of these things tend to decay, decay, decay and just devolve in this butchering we see now. Will you try to re–”
“Defund,” Trump interjected, referring to Planned Parenthood.
“Defund that, and repeal Roe vs. Wade?” finished Wagner.
“The answer is yes, defund,” Trump said. “The other, you’re gonna need a lot of Supreme Court justices, but we’re gonna be looking at that very, very carefully, but you need a lot of Supreme Court judges. But defund yes, we’re going to be doing a lot of that.”
Trump blamed the tragic Colorado Springs shooting on a “maniac” and rejected claims that pro-lifers are in some way responsible during an interview Sunday on NBC.
“I think it’s terrible,” Trump said. “I mean, terrible. It’s more of the same. And I think it’s a terrible thing. He’s a maniac.”
“We don’t even know the purpose. I mean, he hasn’t come out, to the best of my knowledge, with a statement as to why it happened to be at that location,” Trump continued. “This was a man who they said prior to this was mentally disturbed.”
Trump acknowledged many people were upset after learning about Planned Parenthood’s violent abortion practices in the undercover videos.
“Well, I will tell you there is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, all of the videos that they’ve seen with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car,” Trump said. “I mean, there are a lot of people that are very unhappy about that.”
“I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood. There’s no question about that,” he added.
Trump has been consistently in favor of de-funding Planned Parenthood, saying in October: “But Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what’s going on with that, it’s terrible. And many of the things should be defunded and many things should be cut.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in July, Trump told The Blaze that Planned Parenthood should be de-funded in light of recent revelations about their organ harvesting business. He said, “It’s disgusting. And absolutely they should be defunded. I thought it was so cavalier, so horrible.”
In August, Trump compared the Planned Parenthood abortion business to an automobile dealership, saying it is an “abortion factory” that sells the body parts of aborted babies like a dealership sells cars.