LifeNews Note: The interview this article mentions is from August and is not a recent interview. We apologize for the error.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in again on Planned Parenthood funding twice today in two separate interviews. While he said he supports de-funding the abortion company it it refuses to stop doing abortions, Trump’s comments will raise eyebrows with pro-life voters as he suggested Planned Parenthood does some “good things.”
Turmp’s comments unfortunately attempt to paint the abortion company with a positive brush — even though it’s been caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. He erroneously sides with the false claims that abortion is a “small part” of what Planned Parenthood does — even though most pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood get abortions, not prenatal care or health care.
The Daily Signal writes up the latest comments:
“We have to help women,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview that aired Tuesday night. “So we have to look at the positives, also, for Planned Parenthood.”
Trump said he opposes federal grants going toward Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, but noted that abortions make up a “small part” of the organization.
“There’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way,” he said. “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. They also, however, service women.”
“Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don’t do the funding for the stuff that we want,” he said. “I’m totally against the abortion aspect of 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.”
He told CNN earlier in the day he would examine the Planned Parenthood’s practices to determine the “good aspects” that help women.
“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,” he said. “But we have to take care of women.”
Trump appears worried he will be seen as anti-woman if she opposes Planned Parenthood funding — a nod to the effectiveness of the phony war on women attacks on pro-life groups and candidates who support de-funding the abortion company.
Earlier this month, during a question and answer period after a speech in New Hampshire on the campaign trail, Trump repeated his call for de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
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.