In a February 2016 debate, the billionaire tycoon came under fire from also-ran candidate Marco Rubio for "defending Planned Parenthood", prompting him to respond: "Millions and millions of women - cervical cancer, breast cancer - are helped by Planned Parenthood".
Approximately one in five American women have visited a Planned Parenthood, but Republicans are still intent on attacking the healthcare provider simply on the basis that they give women access to abortions, a legal, constitutionally-protected procedure.
Planned Parenthood also provides abortion services, though those only comprise about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services overall (contraception accounts for 31 percent of its services, and STI/STD screenings account for another 45 percent, according to the latest annual report).
Again, there is NO federal funding of abortions.
Prior to joining the political sphere and launching his presidential campaign, Trump identified as pro-choice. Private donations are used to fund them, as it's illegal for Planned Parenthood to use federal funding in such a capacity.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) also has proposed a bill to address the possible defunding of Planned Parenthood; and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has pledged to provide state funding to cover money Planned Parenthood could lose in his state.More news: Jones tweaks side for Scotland showdown
It might come as a surprise to Senator Dan Sullivan that most women who use the services provided by Planned Parenthood Health Centers do so because they need low-priced care and have nowhere else to turn. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, which includes CT and Rhode Island, receives more than $5 million in government funding a year.
Speaking to The New York Times yesterday, Trump stated the following: "I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings". Last month, a Texas court blocked the state from cutting off Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, which would have limited patient options even further. Nineteen national polls since 2015 show the majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood-including 50 percent of those who voted for President Donald Trump.
The bill, called the American Health Care Act, which was introduced Monday, would keep the ACA's policy regarding pre-existing conditions and allow children to remain on their parents' insurance until they turn 26.
There are 13,000 FQHC's nationwide and outnumbers Planned Parenthood clinics by 20 to 1.
Several people gathered Tuesday outside Congressman Todd Rokita's office in Lafayette for an emergency rally in support of Planned Parenthood.