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Paul: Redirect Planned Parenthood Funding Towards Community Health Centers

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday that he wants to defund Planned Parenthood. On CNN's "State of the Union," he stated "I think most people do want to ... defund this." Planned Parenthood is at the center of a firestorm as videos have recently surfaced showing some of its employees discussing the sale of aborted fetus tissue. In the interview, Parenthood declined taking a position on abortion by saying "I think we can have disputes over abortion. Our country is divided. Some people are pro-choice. Some are pro-life."

Although he did say he preferred giving the funding to community health centers. He went on to state "I think most Americans don't want their tax dollars going to this. So I think when something is so morally repugnant to so many people, why should tax dollars go to this? We have 9,000 community health centers that do everything that Planned Parenthood does, but they don't get into abortions. So it would be much less emotional for everyone if we just funded community health centers and didn't fund Planned Parenthood.”

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