At the Southern Baptist Convention in Tennessee, Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he is "not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."

Following heavy criticism, including a tweeted response from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush corrected himself in a statement released by his campaign, detailing that he "misspoke."


With regards to women’s health funding broadly, I misspoke, as 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.

I was referring to the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood – an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs. Democrats and Republicans agree we absolutely must defund them and redirect those funds to other women’s health organizations.

Hillary and Jeb went at it on Twitter, to which the public response was heated as well.

Jeb Bush says he "misspoke" on women's health issues. Image 1.

Facts about planned parenthood:

 One in five women has visited Planned Parenthood during her lifetime.

 Only 3% of Planned Parenthood services are abortion-related. STD testing and treatment makes up 42% of services.

 At the end of 2014, Planned Parenthood received a combined $528.4 million in state, local, and federal funds.

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