Republican presidential contender Donald Trump told CNN today the government should not subsidize the Planned Parenthood “abortion factory,” clarifying his stance from previous remarks.
While Trump last week said he stood with Republicans who urged a government shutdown over defunding the abortion provider, the reality TV host appeared to take a softer tone on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo.
“The biggest problem I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation,” Trump said. “I mean, it’s like an abortion factory, frankly, and you can’t have it and you just shouldn’t be funding it and that should not be funded by the government and I feel strongly about that.”
The casino owner’s remarks come as gruesome videos continue to surface emanating from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress explicitly showing high level Planned Parenthood administrators discussing the sale of and profit from aborted fetal tissue, illegal transactions prohibited by 42 U.S. Code 289G-2.
“[Abortion is] my biggest problem with Planned Parenthood, because really if you look at it and you look at the work they do, it really has become so heavily centered on abortion and you can’t have that,” Trump said.
Asked if he would go as far as fellow Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio, a staunch pro-life candidate who opposes abortion across the board, Trump told Cuomo he supports abortion exceptions and the various other women’s services performed by Planned Parenthood.
“I would look at the individual things that they do, and maybe some of the things are good and maybe, I know a lot of the things are bad, but certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government,” he said.
“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 and good for women.”
The Donald, whose anti-illegal immigration rhetoric has shot him to the top of most GOP polls, has made a habit of outmaneuvering attacks claiming he frequently flip-flops on issues.
For instance, Trump told Meet the Press’s Tim Russert in October 1999 that he was “strongly for choice,” but that he “hated the concept of abortion,” and would not support a ban on partial-birth abortion.
In his book The America We Deserve, OnTheIssues.org notes the billionaire changed his stance in the months after that interview and would support a partial-birth ban.
Last week, Trump declared a pro-life stance during the first 2016 Republican debate, claiming his views had “evolved,” and that “I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life,” reports The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.
While many polls show strong support for Trump, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, another presidential contender, has labeled him a “fake conservative” who he says will hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton.
“I came out of the Tea Party movement,” Paul stated on Fox News Sunday. “Part of the Tea Party movement is we were upset with fake conservatives and Republicans who weren’t conservative, Republicans for Obamacare and Republicans for the bank bailouts.”
“That’s Donald Trump,” Paul stated.