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Planned Parenthood Releases Statement Praising Trump for Rejecting ‘Extreme Positions’

PicMonkey Collage - Planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood put out a statement praising Donald Trump today for rejecting “extreme” Republican positions.

After the multiple controversial videos of Planned Parenthood officials talking about harvesting fetal tissue, Republicans by the score called for Congress to vote to completely defund the health care organization.

And while Trump last week floated the idea of a government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood, he was singing a different tune on CNN this morning.

He told Chris Cuomo he doesn’t have a problem with anything else Planned Parenthood does, and said he would “look at the good aspects” of what they do. Trump clarified, “Certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government, absolutely.”

But that’s not exactly in line with the idea of a full defunding, and Planned Parenthood put out a statement obtained by The Daily Beast praising Trump:

Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take. We hope that the rest of the GOP field will wake up and reconsider their extreme and unpopular positions on defunding preventive care, abortion bans, and the other economic issues that women and their families care about.

You can watch Trump’s earlier comments here, via CNN:

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