Trump: Planned Parenthood 'Does Some Very Good Work,' Except for Abortion

By Susan Jones | February 22, 2016 | 5:42 AM EST

Republican Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Iowa earlier this year. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "Planned Parenthood does...a really good job in a lot of different areas. But not on abortion," Republican Donald Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"So I'm not going to fund it if it's doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it."

Planned Parenthood has claimed that abortions account for around 3 percent of its business. "Some people say it's 60 percent. I don't believe it's 60 percent, by the way, but I think it's probably a much lower number," Trump said.

"But Planned Parenthood does some very good work. But I would defund as soon as they're doing abortions."

Here's the complete exchange with Chuck Todd, who noted that Trump has defended the work Planned Parenthood does, yet Trump also has said he'd pull taxpayer funding for the abortion provider:

"That's right, I would," Trump agreed.

Todd asked Trump if he would support taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood if it went to "other women's health issues," aside from abortion.

"Yes, if -- if it didn't have to do with abortions," Trump said. "Look, I understand -- and I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it. And they do some very good work, cervical cancer, lots of women's issues, women's health issues are taken care of.

"I know one of the candidates -- I won't mention names -- who said we're not going to spend that kind of money on women's health issues. I am.

"Planned Parenthood does a lot of good job -- a really good job in a lot of different areas. But not on abortion.

"So I'm not going to fund it if it's doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it.

"Now, they say it's 3 percent and it's 4 percent. Some people say it's 60 percent. I don't believe it's 60 percent, by the way, but I think it's probably a much lower number.

"But Planned Parenthood does some very good work. But I would defund as soon as they're doing abortions."


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