Trump: ‘Millions of Women Have Been Helped by Planned Parenthood’

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 2, 2016 | 11:01 AM EST

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(CNSNews.com) - At a press conference on Tuesday night in Florida, businessman Donald Trump, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said that Planned Parenthood has “done some very good work” but that he would not give federal funds to the organization “as long as you have abortion going on at Planned Parenthood."

"I'm just doing what's right," said Trump. "Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for some--for many, many--for millions of women. And I'll say it and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that's really--because I'm a conservative, but I'm a common sense conservative--but millions of women have been helped by Planned Parenthood. But we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood and we understand that and I've said it loud and clear."

In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood said that its affiliates performed 323,999 abortions in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2014. The same report said that in the year that ended on June 30, 2015, Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million in government health service grants and reimbursements.

At the press conference a reporter asked Trump: “Does it feel to you yet like you are the presumptive Republican nominee--and along those lines, you had some complimentary things to say about Planned Parenthood. You said you could be flexible on immigration. Are you trying to adjust your tone to a more general election message?”

Trump responded:

“I'm just doing what's right. Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for some--for many, many--for millions of women. And I'll say it and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that's really--because I'm a conservative, but I'm a common sense conservative--but millions of women have been helped by Planned Parenthood.

“But we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood and we understand that and I've said it loud and clear.

"But--and we'll see what happens--but Planned Parenthood, millions of people, and I've had thousands of letters from women that have been helped. And this wasn't a set-up, this was people writing letters.

“I'm going to be really good for women. I'm going to be good for women's health issues. It's very important to me, very important to me. And maybe that is not a perfect conservative view but I can tell you one thing, I'm more conservative than anybody on the military, on taking care of our vets, on the border, on the wall, on getting rid of Obamacare and coming up with something much, much better and certainly getting rid of Common Core and bringing education to a local level, so that you're going to have good education for our children who are being absolutely starved for proper education.

"So, Sara, I mean, you know, you can call it what you want. But I am a truth teller and I will tell the truth. Okay.”