In an undercover investigation, Live Action revealed that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, despite regularly claiming that it does. Planned Parenthood uses mammograms as an excuse for why it deserves the millions of dollars it receives in taxpayer funding, and continues to claim – as recently as this August – that it offers mammograms.
Komen for the Cure initially decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood because PP does not perform the mammograms. PP merely acted as the middleman, referring women out to other facilities (a hospital, for example) to actually get the procedures done. This caused outrage among abortion supporters, who couldn’t handle the thought of Planned Parenthood’s lies actually being uncovered for the world to see.
Well, Politifact, a fact-checking organization, decided to research this claim. And they’ve found that it’s true: Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms.
We wondered whether this was true of the organization known for being a key player in women’s health issues. Does Planned Parenthood really not provide mammograms? And, if not, how does the organization handle the services? And does it receive or provide funding for the work?
The argument over mammography and other services at Planned Parenthood has been ongoing for several years. Much of the debate centers on a congressional push last year to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, which has been cited as the country’s leading abortion provider. The federal government pays Planned Parenthood about $75 million a year to offer cancer screenings, breast exams and other care to lower-income women. That money cannot be spent on abortion services. The funding cut, which passed the House, was shot down in the Senate.
… We asked, and in an email response, a spokeswoman for the organization said doctors and nurses at Planned Parenthood health centers provide clinical breast exams and refer patients to facilities with technicians for mammograms based on breast exams, age or family history. Planned Parenthood also refers women to breast specialists when a potential abnormality is found and follow-up tests are needed. And with the organization’s expanded breast health initiative, Planned Parenthood will be able to cover the cost of this specialized care for more women, the email said.
This lie has been thoroughly debunked at this point, but what are the chances that Planned Parenthood will stop telling it?