This story is too ridiculous and must be shared. Penny Starr at our sister site CNSNews.com reported that National Public Radio stepped into the tank for Planned Parenthood this weekend, asserting not only would cutting Planned Parenthood subsidies lead to more abortions, but that cutting their funding in red states can lead to new HIV “epidemics.”
The reporter/spin artist on this one was Jennifer Ludden. In a brief interview on Alabama, Louisiana and New Hampshire cutting off the abortion conglomerate, Weekend Edition Saturday fill-in anchor Linda Wertheimer asked Ludden about that impact in states that have cut state funding for the organization.
WERTHEIMER: Now, in the states that have already defunded Planned Parenthood, can you see a big impact?
LUDDEN: You absolutely can. Texas — a study just out this spring — found that a quarter of the state’s family-planning clinics have closed. The ones who are left are only serving half as many women as before. The state’s own study this year found 30,000 fewer women in Texas getting healthcare through its programs. That means fewer cancer screenings, less testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and, of course, less birth control. Health experts say that the upshot of this will be more unplanned births and more abortions.
“Health experts” like the publicists for Planned Parenthood. And….
LUDDEN: In Indiana, which has also cut funding to Planned Parenthood, you might recall a big story this spring of an HIV outbreak there. The government called it an epidemic. That happened in the county where the state cuts forced a Planned Parenthood clinic to shut down two years ago.
Ludden has seemed personally troubled about the Planned Parenthood videos ruining the abortion giant’s image. Katie Yoder noted she somehow cast doubt on the reality of the Center for Medical Progress expose. The video “apparently shows” Planned Parenthood executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola “discussing how her group provides researchers with parts from aborted fetuses.” Apparently? Or maybe it’s a Nucatola impersonator?
And from Jill Stanek, we learned this is the same shameless Jennifer Ludden who created a propagandistic sob story in March about abortion clinics closing in Ohio, spotlighting a Cleveland clinic – without ever mentioning Lakisha Wilson, a woman who died their due to the clinic’s incompetence. So much for NPR’s care for “women’s health.”
LifeNews.com Note: Tim Graham is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. This originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.