This is related to my July 23 WND column, “McCain and Viagra.”
Newsweek yesterday reposted an article by Jess Henig of FactCheck.org about this Planned Parenthood ad currently airing in DC and battleground states including CO, IA, MN, NM, OH, and WI, according to Henig:

Henig determined, in fact…

A 2004 report by the nonpartisan [I know, I know] Guttmacher Institute found that in 2002, 86% of the plans that insurance companies typically wrote for employers covered the full range of approved reversible contraceptive methods (birth control pills, hormone injections, implants, IUDs and diaphragms), and only 2% covered no methods at all.

And Viagra? According to Henig, 3 studies between 1999-2007 show a coverage rate of 40-70% – actually less than contraceptives.
Henig thus pronounced PP incompetent, although she was being too kind. In reality PP is deceptive.

[W]hile it may be accurate to claim that there exist insurers who cover erectile dysfunction drugs and not birth control, it is not accurate to imply that this disparity is common…. Planned Parenthood, a major advocate for reproductive rights, should know this.

Henig asked PP for proof of its claim:
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When we asked PP whether insurance companies were denying coverage for contraceptives, the group pointed us to… a 2003 amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), which would have prevented insurance companies from denying such coverage. [It]… includes the claim that “half of traditional indemnity plans and PPOs, 20% of point-of-service networks, and 7% of HMOs cover no contraceptive methods other than sterilization.”
This could be referring to a 1993 Guttmacher study…. By the time the Murray amendment was written, that information was 10 years out of date. Now, it’s 15 years old and irrelevant, given Guttmacher’s more recent findings.

According to Guttmacher, 27 states now mandate contraceptive insurance coverage, with some allowing for religious exemptions.
Clearly anti-choice PP is working with political accomplices to force 100% contraceptive coverage for 2 reasons: 1) it is a major benefactor; 2) it wants to squash moral and religious opponents.
And since when has PP let truth get in its way?
[HT: reader Charles C.]