FactCheck.org weighs in: Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Barack Obama, take note. FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has stated definitively that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms.
“Women can’t walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and get a mammogram on the spot,” the website clarifies. “The clinics don’t have mammography equipment.” Instead, the abortion provider “refers women to other facilities to have mammograms performed.”
In the second presidential debate, President Obama stated that “millions of women all across the country” rely on Planned Parenthood “for mammograms.” He made a similar claim just days earlier in an interview with Glamour magazine, whose readership consists of teenage girls.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has also claimed her organization provided “mammograms” last February, feeding the persistent myth that the organization provides these screenings.
The myth had been shattered before, most notably in 2011 when Live Action called 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 states to schedule mammograms. None offered the service.
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Following Obama’s misstatement, more than 1,000 people called their local Planned Parenthood facility to schedule a mammogram. They, too, were unable to schedule that service.
“For so long PP has touted that they are a provider of mammogram services,” said former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson. “This is just one of the lies that PP uses to draw people into their clinics.”
As Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, told LifeSiteNews.com. “They just do the manual exam that women can do at home, and then they charge women for it.”
Cecile Richards makes nearly $400,000 a year.
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