Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE stood firm in his defense of Planned Parenthood services other than abortion during Thursday night's CNN Republican debate.

"I am pro-life, I am totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, [with] cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood," Trump said at the Houston event in the face of criticism from his rivals.

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"You can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood who are helped greatly. I wouldn't fund it, I'd defund it because of the abortion factor," he added.

He went on to note Planned Parenthood's estimation that only about 3 percent of its services deal with abortions.

Rivals Marco RubioMarco RubioCapitol Police arrest 40 during healthcare protests New Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzHealthcare wish lists: What moderates, conservatives want Overnight Healthcare: GOP infighting erupts over bill | How Republican governors could bring down ObamaCare repeal | Schumer asks Trump to meet with Dems GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill MORE have targed Trump over his defense of the group, which has drawn the ire of Republicans.

Republicans sought to strip federal funding for the group after controversy erupted over its handling of fetal tissue.