Planned Parenthood: 'We Will Fight to Make Sure' Doors 'Stay Open' Under Trump Presidency

Trump has said he wants to defund the group as long as it performs abortions.

November 11, 2016, 2:54 PM

— -- Planned Parenthood has announced that it will "fight to make sure" its health center doors "stay open" even after the election of Donald Trump as president.

The group had endorsed Hillary Clinton earlier this year in January. It was the first time Planned Parenthood endorsed a candidate in a presidential primary in the organization’s history.

"There are almost no words to capture the threat that this election result posts to our democracy, to our economic security, to access to reproductive health care and most especially to the safety and dignity of people of color," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a statement on Wednesday after news of Trump's win.

"We will fight to make sure that Planned Parenthood health center doors stay open, and that people in this country can get access to basic reproductive health care, no matter their zip code, income, sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, or country of origin," Richards added.

She added, "We will not give up, we will not back down, and we will not be silenced.”

Trump has said he wants to defund Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions.

Last fall, when Trump was asked if he would shut down the federal government to cut off taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, he replied, "I would."

Since then, he has clarified his position, saying, "The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded."

Trump was previously on the record as being pro-choice but has maintained a pro-life position throughout his presidential campaign.

The president-elect also said during the primaries earlier this year that there should be a punishment for women who have an abortion, but he later said he meant that the doctor who performed the procedure should be penalized.

Despite threatening to defund the "abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood," Trump has also said "millions and millions of women -- cervical cancer, breast cancer -- are helped by Planned Parenthood."

ABC News' Chris Good, John Kruzel and Noah Fitzgerel contributed to this report.

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