Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, the top Democratic 2016 candidate, has already jumped on Bush's comment.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 4, 2015
Bush, noting his own state defunded Planned Parenthood under his governorship, expressed support for the defund movement. But he also dodged the question on whether the government should be shut down over Planned Parenthood funding, which some conservatives are now pushing.
"If I am President, we are going to respect the Constitution and get back to regular order way where democracy works again," he said.
The current fight started after an anti-abortion group began releasing videos filmed undercover of Planned Parenthood employees discussing the costs and protocols involved in donating tissues from aborted fetuses to researchers. Abortion foes say the videos prove Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting off of tissue harvesting, a claim the organization vehemently denies.
Planned Parenthood is already legally prohibited from using federal funding -- which it receives through programs like Medicaid and Title X -- for abortion except in the case of rape, incest or life of the mother.
Update: Jeb Bush walked back the women's health spending comment in a statement saying that he "misspoke."