Desperate Planned Parenthood: “if we are defunded, America’s emergency rooms will be overrun.”

It was only last week that Live Action exposed embattled Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ false claim that the organization provides mammograms for women. Now this week, Tait Sye, a  spokesman for Planned Parenthood, made this outrageously wild assertion to Community Television of Southern California:

“If we are defunded, America’s emergency rooms will be overrun.”

OK, I’ll bite. Why exactly will emergency rooms be overrun?

Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide emergency room services. And who goes to an emergency room to get an abortion, STD test, birth control, or Pap smear? This wouldn’t be another false claim by Planned Parenthood, would it?

If people did go elsewhere it would likely be to the approximately 7,000 federally funded health centers in the United States that provide more comprehensive care than Planned Parenthood offers.

Let’s examine the Pence Amendment, the bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. As Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., wrote on National Review Online, “Despite efforts to suggest otherwise, the Pence Amendment does not reduce funding for cancer screenings or eliminate one dime of funding for other important health services to women; the money that does not go to Planned Parenthood as a result of the Pence Amendment will go to other organizations that provide these services. If the Pence Amendment becomes law, thousands of women’s health centers, clinics, and hospitals will still provide assistance to low-income families and women. The Pence Amendment would simply deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.”

And Planned Parenthood will do and say nearly anything to keep those tax dollars coming. I wonder what they’ll think up next week?

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