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Washington Post: ‘Repeated, misleading claim’ that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms gets three Pinnocchios

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Mammosham: Planned Parenthood fact-checks Planned Parenthood.Before Congress, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted that the abortion business has never provided mammograms, despite popular opinion and previous claims by Planned Parenthood.

Posted by Live Action on Thursday, October 1, 2015

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - At the very hearing in which Cecile Richards admitted Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms, a Democratic Congresswoman insisted the organization did, in fact, perform them.

Friday's Washington Post set the matter straight, giving Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York three Pinocchios.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Maloney referred to a letter to defund Planned Parenthood over allegations that the group harvests and sells aborted babies' body parts.

“All of the signatories are men," she said. "None of whom will get pregnant, or need a cervical screening for cancer, or a mammogram, or a pap smear, or other life-saving services that are provided by Planned Parenthood.”

At the same hearing on Tuesday, Richards told Rep. Cynthia Lummis , R-WY, “To the best of my knowledge, not any [Planned Parenthood facilities] have mammogram machines."

Although Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms, the urban legend appears impossible to kill - in part because of the organization itself.

In 2011, Richards told Joy Behar on CNN's Headline News that, if Planned Parenthood ever loses its half-billion dollar annual taxpayer subsidy, “millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access — not to abortion services, but basic family planning. You know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.”

During the 2012 presidential election, President Obama said that American women 'rely' on the abortion provider for mammograms, which it “provides.” 

Obama received Three Pinocchios at that time, The Washington Post writes, for "repeatedly using misleading words, which suggested an intentional attempt to mislead voters about Planned Parenthood’s services."

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Maloney got three Pinocchios this week.

Planned Parenthood does provide basic breast cancer screenings, and the number of these services has fallen nearly by half over the last six years.

These have proven remarkably ineffective at detecting cancer, or the possibility of cancer. In fact, "less than 3 percent of the breast exams offered at Planned Parenthood resulted in mammography referrals," according to figures Planned Parenthood provided to PolitiFact.

"The myth that Planned Parenthood actually offers mammogram X-rays to patients has been long debunked, and needs to stop being repeated," the Post concluded.

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