Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTHE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Protesters rally outside NYT in support of media Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump 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 RubioTHE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Rubio says town halls designed for people to 'heckle and scream' At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzTHE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Brietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media 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.