As previously noted, it does not matter what Trump does; he will be widely criticized.
He took steps not to defund the organization, but to remove the government funding to that organization. The organization will not cease to exist; but if it cannot subsist on private donations, perhaps it does not deserve to exist at all.
Nobody can give a straight answer as to the actual purpose of Planned Parenthood. Does it coordinate abortions, or is it instrumental in providing female healthcare?
If it provides abortions, it should not receive federal funding.
But if it provides access to female healthcare, should it receive federal funding? Not in this case either. Private organizations should not receive funds from the federal government, no matter what the purpose of that organization is.
This entire matter is being badly framed. It is not really an issue of pro-life vs. pro-choice. It is, as usual, an argument of the real purpose of government.
Bastiat: “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.”
In response to the popular meme, “you’ll never see seven women legislating what men ought to do with their reproductive organs” I can only say this: it misses the entire point of these measures. These men do not seek to control your reproductive organs (at least not with this most recent legislation) but rather, do what they were elected to do: shrink and restrict the functions and expenses of government.
As usual, of course, the left is being over-dramatic. Removing federal funding from Planned Parenthood is not trying to control reproductive organs; it’s just doing the right thing with public money.