Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: There Is ‘One Thing I Agree With Donald Trump On’

During an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, Cecile Richards, president of both Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said that there is “one thing I agree with Donald Trump on.”

Richards was on the network discussing her support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when host Andrea Mitchell remarked that Trump “sounds like he is in your court,” referring to a recent interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” during which the GOP presidential front-runner praised Planned Parenthood, arguing that the organization does “some very good work.”

“So, it’s a mixed blessing I guess. But, your response?” Mitchell asked.

“Well, this is one thing I agree with Donald Trump on, is that Planned Parenthood does amazing work for 2 1/2 million patients every single year,” Richards said.

“I think the disturbing thing is that Donald Trump as well as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have said if they were president, they would end women’s access to family planning, to cancer screening, to basic affordable health care as well as overturning the Affordable Care Act, which is now covering family planning and other preventive care for 55 million women,” she continued. “That’s what’s really at stake here.”

“And so, I appreciate his kind words,” she said of Trump. “We’re very proud of our work, but I think women in this country and families and men are going to be very concerned about a president who wants to roll back access to affordable health care in America.”

“They do some very good work, cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue — women’s health issues are taken care of,” Trump told “Meet the Press.” “Planned Parenthood does a lot of good job — a really good job at a lot of different areas but not on abortion. So, I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion. I’m not going to fund it. Now, they say it’s 3 percent and it’s 4 percent, some people say it’s 60 percent. I don’t believe it’s 60 percent by the way, but, I think it’s probably a much lower number. But Planned Parenthood does some very good work.”

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lobbying arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider, has endorsed Clinton. Richards has been campaigning on Clinton’s behalf.

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