Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he “misspoke” on Tuesday when he questioned the amount of money spent on women’s health, Talking Points Memo reported.
Bush made the remark while being interviewed at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention earlier in the day, after saying that Planned Parenthood of America should be defunded.
“The argument against this is, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking womens’ health issues,” Bush said. “You could take dollar-for-dollar — although I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for womens’ health issues — but if you took dollar-for-dollar, there are many fine organizations, community health organizations that exist. Federally-sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government.”
Bush did not mention that, as the Washington Post reported, abortions are not covered under Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, except in cases of rape or incest.
The former governor later posted a release online attempting to clarify his statement.
“With regards to women’s health funding broadly, I misspoke,” the statement read. “There are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women’s health organizations that need to be fully funded. They provide critical services to all, but particularly low-income women who don’t have the access they need.”
Bush said in his statement that he was referring to the $528 million Planned Parenthood affiliates received from the government, a figure he called “hard to fathom.” He also accused the organization of “callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs,” a reference to a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group that have already been debunked.
Watch Bush’s remarks, as posted by Crooks And Liars, below.
‘Come on, Barry’: GOP counsel whines after Dem attorney refuses to hear his excuses on Trump’s Ukraine bribery
Opposing counsel for Democrats and Republicans faced off at a House impeachment hearing on Monday.
Republican counsel Stephen Castor, who appeared as a witness, complained that he was not being asked enough questions by Democratic counsel Barry Berke.
During questioning of a Democratic counsel, Berke noted that President Donald Trump was more concerned about personal gain than corruption in telephone calls with Ukraine's president.
"May I add something there?" Castor asked.
"No, you can't," Berke replied.
"Are you not going to let him answer?" one Republican member cried out.
Impeachment hearing flies off the rails as GOP lawmaker accuses House Judiciary counsel of bribery
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) disrupted testimony during Monday's impeachment hearing and suggested the Democratic majority's attorney had bribed the House Judiciary Committee to get his job.
Barry Berke, who has served as the special oversight counsel to the committee since February, was asking Republican counsel Stephen Castor about President Donald Trump's state of mind toward Joe Biden when Gohmert interrupted.
"The gentleman is not recognized," said committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), banging his gavel. "Mr. Berke has the time."
Gohmert complained that Nadler was ignoring House rules by allowing Berke to present an opening statement before the hearing and then question Castor.
Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’
Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.
During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."
"And you know, it just seems to me -- and Ken, I see you there on the screen so I'll be talking directly to you -- when you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether the president had lied under oath about sex," Wallace continued. "I'm not talking about whether this story is true or not."