The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, and presidential candidate Donald Trump found one thing on which they can agree: Planned Parenthood does some “very good work.”
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell showed Richards a clip of Trump on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, when he praised Planned Parenthood for its work related to women’s health.
“I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it,” Trump told host Chuck Todd.
“They do some very good work, cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue — women’s health issues are taken care of,” the candidate added. “Planned Parenthood does a lot of good job — a really good job at a lot of different areas but not on abortion. So, I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion.”
“Well, this is one thing I agree with Donald Trump on, is that Planned Parenthood does amazing work for 2 1/2 million patients every single year,” Richards said after viewing the clip.
The Planned Parenthood leader went on to explain why she would not back Trump or the other Republican candidates. “I think the disturbing thing is that Donald Trump as well as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have said if they were president, they would end women’s access to family planning, to cancer screening, to basic affordable health care as well as overturning the Affordable Care Act, which is now covering family planning and other preventive care for 55 million women. That’s what’s really at stake here.”
“Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lobbying arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider, has endorsed Clinton. Richards has been campaigning on Clinton’s behalf,” TheBlaze reported.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody last week ahead of the South Carolina primary, Trump stated if a bill came across his desk that defunded Planned Parenthood, he would sign it. Nonetheless, he still offered praise for the organization’s work in women’s health.
“That’s right, but they do a big job,” the candidate replied. “There are a lot of women taken care of by Planned Parenthood so we have to remember that but I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”