Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, issued a statement on Rep. Mike Pence. “Having failed for now to eliminate breast exams, cancer screenings and birth control that millions of American women count on, Representative Mike Pence continues his misleading and outrageous attacks on Planned Parenthood and the preventive health care our doctors and nurses provide,” Richards wrote. “Representative Pence well knows that for over 30 years not a dollar of federal funding that Planned Parenthood has received to provide preventive and basic health care has paid for abortion, but he continues to mislead everyone he talks to.”
Misleading and outrageous attacks? Yes. But Richards is the one making such attacks. The Pence Amendment doesn’t eliminate breast exams, cancer screenings, or birth control. Further, the Pence Amendment doesn’t reduce funding for breast exams, cancer screenings, or birth control. And Richards knows that. What do you call it when someone says something they know isn’t true?
Enough of Richards. What did Pence say? Appearing on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Pence said, “What was clear here, this administration, and liberals in Congress were willing to shut the government down to continue to fund abortion providers in this country. And that’s the bottom line. Why would I fight for it? Let me explain. I’m pro life. I don’t apologize for it. I also think it’s morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use it to fund abortion providers.”
- Fact: Planned Parenthood is an abortion provider.
- Fact: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.
- Fact: Every word spoken by Pence was and is completely true and completely accurate.