Paul: Defund Planned Parenthood, support community health centers
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GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul confronted over 'Republican bullshit' in restaurant This week: Tensions flare over Schiff, impeachment inquiry Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday doubled down on his call to defund Planned Parenthood.

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"I think most people do want to ... defund this," Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Planned Parenthood has become the latest subject of controversy in the 2016 presidential campaign, after videos surfaced with some of its employees discussing aborted fetus tissue.

Republicans are calling for its defunding, and the White House says it would block any legislation to defund the pro-abortion-rights organization.

Paul refrained from taking a position on abortion in the interview, saying "I think we can have disputes over abortion. Our country is divided. Some people are pro-choice. Some are pro-life."

However, as other Republican candidates have, he called for pulling federal funding for the organization and giving it to community health centers instead.

"I think most Americans don't want their tax dollars going to this. So I think when something is so morally repugnant to so many people, why should tax dollars go to this?" the senator asked.

"We have 9,000 community health centers that do everything that Planned Parenthood does, but they don't get into abortions," he said.

"So it would be much less emotional for everyone if we just funded community health centers and didn't fund Planned Parenthood.”