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Which POTUS Candidate Would Veto Planned Parenthood Funding?

By: Robert Eno | August 18th, 2015

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In light of the horrific videos depicting Planned Parenthood harvesting and trafficking of human body parts from aborted babies, Conservative Review asked the major Republican candidates for President two simple questions:

1) Does [candidate] support the defunding of Planned Parenthood?

2) If [candidate] were president, and an appropriations bill came to [his/her] desk for a signature that contained funding for Planned Parenthood, would [candidate] sign or veto the legislation?

This question was almost identical to the question posed on the CR Presidential Survey, which every candidate has received, but only a handful have had the courage to answer. 

With campaign season in full swing it is no surprise that most of the candidates are now coming down on what is both the politically popular and conservative side of the ledger regarding their policy proposals and rhetoric, but how strongly do they believe in those positions?

The difference between the CR Presidential Survey and other policy surveys is that the CR Presidential Survey not only provides a window into the candidates’ policy aims, but also measures their willpower and determination to actually fight to make these policies a reality. This survey distinguishes those with mere high hopes and campaign rhetoric from those who would show up to truly enact a conservative vision.

With campaign season in full swing it is no surprise that most of the candidates are now coming down on what is both the politically popular and conservative side of the ledger regarding their policy proposals and rhetoric, but how strongly do they believe in those positions? The CR Presidential Survey answers that question.

In the interest of fairness and disclosure, we must note that Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, and Rick Santorum had already responded to the CR Presidential Survey before the Center for Medical Progress released their explosive videos. The other candidates are responding only after the issue has been thrust into the forefront of the primary voter.

So how did they answer and who wouldn’t respond?


Jeb Bush’s campaign did not respond after multiple attempts to contact them.


Would Defund and Veto Funding Legislation thumbs up

Ben Carson has made forceful statements regarding the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Additionally, he answered “yes” to the following question: “Will you veto any legislation that provides taxpayer funding for organizations that provide abortions or that funds other organizations that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood?”


chris christieChris Christie

Supports Defunding, has vetoed in the past, no answer on future veto. mixed

Chris Christie’s campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith said that the governor has called on the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood.  She also pointed to Governor Christie’s past vetoes of funding of Planned Parenthood of about $7.5 million per year.  Because Governor Christie enjoys a line-item veto at the state level, Conservative Review asked for clarification about a willingness to veto as president.  The Christie campaign has not yet clarified if Christie would actually veto federal appropriations bills that fund Planned Parenthood.


Supports Defunding and would veto any funding legislation. thumbs up

Ted Cruz has been a leader in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level.  Additionally, he answered “yes” to the following question: “Will you veto any legislation that provides taxpayer funding for organizations that provide abortions or that funds other organizations that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood?”


Supports Defunding and would veto any fundingthumbs up

A Carly Fiorina spokeswoman told Conservative Review that Fiorina supports defunding and would veto any legislation that funded Planned Parenthood. 


Supports Defunding and would veto small appropriations bills but not an Omnibus that funded Planned Parenthood. 

Senator Graham’s team told Conservative Review that he supports defunding of Planned Parenthood, but would not veto an Omnibus appropriations bill that funds the organization.  They clarified that he would veto other appropriations bills with Planned Parenthood funding.  It was reported that he said he would not support pushing defunding Planned Parenthood on a must pass spending bill. Graham’s argument is that it would jeopardize defense funding, however in the case of a government shutdown, defense funding is considered mandatory and not jeopardized. Graham saying he would not veto an omnibus appropriations bill means he would sign into law legislation that in fact does affirmatively fund Planned Parenthood.


He would veto any legislation that funds Planned Parenthood. thumbs up

Mike Huckabee told Conservative Review, “Abortion is evil and harvesting human organs for profit is beyond barbaric. The fact that our tax dollars bankroll Planned Parenthood’s murderous butchers is insane, immoral and inexcusable. As President, I will completely defund Planned Parenthood, veto any and all legislation that appropriates funds for them, and invoke the 5th and 14th amendments to end the atrocity of abortion in America.  We need to do more than cease funding of one abortion provider.  We need to protect life and start acting like civilized people.” 

Supports Defunding and would veto any legislation. thumbs up

Governor Jindal said that he supports defunding and that he would veto any legislation that funded Planned Parenthood.  Jindal told Conservative Review, “Supporters of Planned Parenthood should know in advance that I would veto any legislation which funds it. They cannot be allowed to shut down the Government in an effort to give taxpayer money to an organization which participates in the kind of barbarism that we’ve seen in these recent videos. Republicans in Congress need to fight to ensure that President Obama cannot shut down the Government either as they work to defund it.”

No response after multiple attempts to contact.


Supports Defunding and would veto any legislation. thumbs up

Paul campaign spokesman told Conservative Review that Senator Paul supports defunding and would veto any appropriations bills that fund Planned Parenthood.

No response after multiple attempts to contact.


Voted to Defund and has not answered second partmixed

Rubio’s campaign told Conservative Review that he recently voted to defund Planned Parenthood, however as Daniel Horowitz has detailed here, that was ultimately a show vote rather than a live fire exercise.  The campaign has not responded with an answer to the question on a veto of any legislation that funds the organization.

Would veto. thumbs up

In response to our Conservative Review Presidential Survey, Santorum answered “yes” to the following question: “Will you veto any legislation that provides taxpayer funding for organizations that provide abortions or that funds other organizations that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood?

No response after multiple attempts to contact. mixed

Although Donald Trump did not respond to our request for comment, last week he said to Breitbart that:

While Planned Parenthood is engaging in the despicable practice of abortion — in addition to then selling aborted baby body parts to the highest bidder — the organization should receive no taxpayer dollars. The liberal left wing always claims that Planned Parenthood isn’t about abortion and that it’s about other general areas of women’s health. I am totally in favor of women’s health and if they can put their money where their mouth is, and stop the abortion services at Planned Parenthood entirely, we can talk about government funding for many of the other aspects of the organization that do a lot of good.

This statement doesn’t speak to what actions specifically Trump would take to achieve the goal of not funding Planned Parenthood while they still performed abortions.


Scott Walker’s campaign pointed to a previous statement from the first GOP debate but didn’t address specifics of either question. mixed



Rob Eno is a contributor and researcher for Conservative Review, conservative activist, blogger, and fill-in radio host. Follow him on Twitter @Robeno and Facebook.  

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