Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says Planned Parenthood should be denied government funding, joining a conservative backlash to the women’s healthcare organization that has seen several states revoke its funding.
“I for one don’t think that Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny,” Bush told an audience at an Englewood, Colorado, town hall. “Because they’re not actually doing women’s health issues – they’re involved in something way, way different than that.”
The women’s healthcare organization has been a talking point for much of the 17-member Republican presidential field since anti-abortion activists began releasing undercover videos of the group’s employees discussing fetal tissue donation.
Several states have revoked Planned Parenthood’s funding at the state level, and others have investigated the organization. No states have found the group guilty of any wrongdoing, and medical experts, bioethicists and attorneys have widely criticized the videos as a misleading political stunt.
Earlier this month, the candidate told conservatives at the Southern Baptist Convention, referring to the roughly $500m Planned Parenthood receives in federal funds, that he was “not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues”, a comment widely criticized by Democrats.
SOURCE: Jessica Glenza