PolitiFact: Do Trump and Clinton Share Planned Parenthood Views?

FORT MYERS, Fla.- In the run-up to Indiana’s primary, Sen. Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of sharing Hillary Clinton’s views on immigration.

In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press on May 1, 2016, Cruz said “Donald and Hillary, they’re flipsides of the same coin. They’ve both gotten rich exploiting Washington, exploiting government power. So Donald can’t criticize Hillary Clinton on Planned Parenthood, because he agrees with her. They both say it’s terrific and that it should keep taxpayer funding.”

Hillary Clinton is a big supporter of Planned Parenthood.  She’s endorsed by the women’s health group, and says it should get even more funding.

So WINK News wanted to know, is Cruz correct when he says Donald Trump shares her views?

Our independent researchers at PolitiFact looked at more than half a dozen comments Trump has made on the topic.  PolitiFact reporter Joshua Gillin says that Cruz’s claim rates FALSE on the Truth-O-Meter.

“While Donald Trump actually has called Planned Parenthood ‘wonderful’ in the services it’s provided, he has also said that he doesn’t support money going towards them while they also provide abortions,” Gillin said.

SOURCES:  Do Trump, Clinton agree on Planned Parenthood Funding?

Aug. 4, 2015: Trump said defunding Planned Parenthood would be worth a government shutdown. When radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Trump if he would support this kind of legislative maneuver, Trump said, “I would.”

Aug. 11, 2015: Trump backtracked to say he might consider funding for Planned Parenthood services other than abortion. “I would look at the good aspects of it, and I would also look because I’m sure they do some things properly and good for women,” he said. “The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded.”

Oct. 18, 2015: Trump wouldn’t say outright if he would be willing to shut down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood. But he said, “Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded. I mean if you look at what’s going on with that, it’s terrible.”

Feb. 13, 2016: Trump and Cruz sparred over Planned Parenthood directly at a South Carolina debate. “Donald didn’t disagree with the substance that he supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” Cruz said. “And Donald has this weird pattern — when you point to his own record he screams, ‘Liar, liar, liar.'”

Feb. 18, 2016: Trump said he respects some of the work Planned Parenthood does for women’s health, but their abortion practices should prevent them from getting funding. “I said defund. I didn’t say pay. I said I have a lot of respect for some of the things they do, the cervical cancer on women,” he said, but they should not receive tax dollars, “not while they do abortions.”

Feb. 22, 2016: Trump continued the same narrative. “Planned Parenthood does a lot of good jobs, 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.”

March 1, 2016: Even more of the same. “Millions of women have been helped by Planned Parenthood,” he said. “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.”

To read the entire PolitiFact article, click here.

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