Planned Parenthood has been under attack, literally and metaphorically, for some time now by republican lawmakers — all because 3% of the women's health clinics services include safe, accessible abortions that American women have a constitutional right to have.
During last night's debate, we finally learned how Republican party-frontrunner Donald Trump feels about the topic and, for a second, things looked good.
"I'm totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but you have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood who are helped greatly," he says.
He should have stopped there. For once, Trump is right. Most of Planned Parenthood's services include cervical and breast cancer screenings, STD testing, birth control services and counseling and more. But then he kept going.
"I wouldn't fund it, I would defund it — because of the abortion factor which is 3%, I don't know what the percentage is, they say it's 3% — but I would defund it because I'm pro-life but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood."
Planned Parenthood quickly called out the hypocrisy, but given the drastic measures the other candidates stated they'd take to defund Planned Parenthood, Trump's statement seemed like a blessing.
Senator Ted Cruz, whose candidacy has been strongly tied to evangelical christianity, vowed to not only shut the clinic down but also pardon the anti-choice extremist recently indicted by the government for those falsified Planned Parenthood videos.
Though the grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of all wrongdoing, Senate republicans still voted to defund the clinics last December.
Fellow republican candidate and Ohio governor John Kasich, known as the "moderate" on the stage, proved himself otherwise when signed a bill earlier this week to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio.
"This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement, obtained by CNN. "John Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns; he is leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care."
The fact that Donald Trump actually told the truth, in general and about Planned Parenthood, was an unexpected win. But the fact that he'd still defund the organization knowing how vital they are to women is a loss for us all.