[caption id="attachment_142337" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens as he is introduced at a Town Hall meeting at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon, N.H.. Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) 


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) believes that defunding Planned Parenthood is an issue Americans can unite on.

“The time is now,” Paul said at Eagle Forum Collegians Summit last Thursday, “to say ‘you know what, there’s no reason for any more government money to go to Planned Parenthood.’”

He said he knows a lot of pro-choice people who were offended by a recently released video in which a Planned Parenthood employee sips wine and eats brie while discussing aborting a baby and processing its body parts for sale.

“...This is an issue that I think the country can come together on," Paul said.

He argued in addition that Planned Parenthood isn’t even very necessary, given that community health centers— which we spend $5 billion dollars on— do a lot of the same work they do.

“Even if you said, well gosh I don’t really care what they’re doing, whether they do abortion, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do anything that your community health centers don’t do," the presidential candidate told the crowd of college students.

“And then half the time Planned Parenthood will say, ‘You know we need to have Planned Parenthood for mammograms.’ They don’t do mammograms. They don’t do breast exams. They refer you somewhere else.”

Then Paul turned the discussion to his Democratic opponent, who has spoken out in support of the organization in the wake of the undercover videos.

“I’d also like to see Hillary Clinton returning all the donations that she’s gotten from Planned Parenthood," he said before ending his speech on a chilling note.

“I think it’s ghastly and I think it ought to end,” concluded Paul.