On February 21, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards appeared on pro-abort Joy Behar’s talk show.
While attention has been drawn to the fact Behar disparaged pro-lifers on that particular program as “illogical… evil… immoral… unethical… and stupid,” (4:25-4:40 on video below), something more important was said. Richards through word parsing implied that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms and that defunding PP would defund mammograms. View 3:57-4:12:
If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.
The fact is not one Planned Parenthood in America performs mammograms. All PPs do are refer for mammograms.
So while Richards was technically correct to add the word “access” before citing mammograms as a service PP provides, I guarantee no one understood her to say anything other than PP performs mammograms, when actually all PP does is merely write down the name of a place to go for mammograms. From PP’s website:
Here’s more misleading word parsing, this from PP of Southeast Iowa. Read carefully. Now you know what to look for (bold highlights theirs)…
But, as Matthew Balan pointed out at Newsbusters, there are 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide the same care PP does – plus mammograms – along with providing other health care services for the entire family. FQHCs provide much more comprehensive care.
Meanwhile, PP and its supporters perpetuate this deception all the time, for instance Jehmu Greene on The O’Reilly Factor, February 2, Scroll to 1:35…
Here’s an editorial – posted just today – by the Muhlenberg Weekly Executive Board:
By eliminating the $75 million in federal funding, the government would be robbing one in five American women of reproductive healthcare. If this bill becomes a law, Planned Parenthood would cease to exist, and women all over the country would no longer have access to mammograms, cancer screenings, and sex education, among other things.
Pro-lifers need to call PP and its cheerleaders out every time they try to imply PP performs mammograms. PP is trying to make Americans think that poor and minority women in particular will lose access to mammograms if PP is defunded, which is absolutely false.