Christie vows to defund Planned Parenthood if elected president

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for
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on July 20, 2015


Mt. PLEASANT, S.C. — Gov. Chris Christie vowed Monday that if he's elected president in 2016 he will defund Planned Parenthood across the nation just like he's done in New Jersey.

The governor, speaking to residents in the conservative early-voting state of South Carolina, stressed that he defunded Planned Parenthood for six straight budgets.

Christie was asked whether recently released undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of aborted fetuses should spur a federal investigation into the group or possible defunding.

"Now, with the most recent revelation, there's even more reason not to fund Planned Parenthood," Christie said. "I've vetoed funding for Planned Parenthood and if I were president of the United States I would do exactly the same."

He continued: "This is the difference between the folks in Washington D.C. and the people who have governorships, ... I defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey six years ago we've defunded it every year for the last six years."

Earlier this month, anti-abortion activists released the covert video of a conversation between Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, and people posing as buyers for a fake company that purchases human tissues. The video renewed calls among anti-abortion activists to defund the group.

Christie first began touting his controversial vetoes of funding for women's health centers in New Jersey as a measure of his anti-abortion bona fides during Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington in February.

For years, Christie never publicly used that as a reason for his actions in New Jersey, instead saying he nixed millions of dollars for the centers, which included some run by Planned Parenthood, because of either budgetary reasons or because the services could be found elsewhere in the community.

Christie repeated those claims in South Carolina on Monday.

"When I first defunded it, I defunded it because we were double spending. We were spending money on other stuff and I didn't want to double spend that money," Christie said.

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