Miss America Contestant Defends Funding Planned Parenthood, Falsely Claims it Does Mammograms

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 14, 2015   |   10:13AM   |   Washington, DC

A Miss America contestant at last night’s pageant is drawing criticism for defending taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. The contestant also claimed the abortion company offers mammograms for women, which is not true.

The abortion company has been in the news over the last two months after a series of nine videos caught it selling aborted babies and their body parts. While that outrage has prompted millions of Americans to call on de-funding Planned Parenthood, Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee 2015, defended funding the abortion business at last night’s contest.

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Venessa Williams asked Robison the question.

“Hello, take a breadth this is a tough one,” Williams said. “Some federal legislatures are threatening to shut down the government over federal contributions to Planned Parenthood. Even though no federal funds can be used for abortions. Should Planned Parenthood funding be cut off?”

Robison replied: “I don’t think Planned Parenthood funding should be cut off. The $500 million dollars that gets given to Planned Parenthood every single year goes to female care. It goes for scanning for cancer. It goes for mammograms. And, if we don’t get that funding to Planned Parenthood those women will be out of health care for reproductive causes.”


Last month, in the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia’s crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization “does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers.” Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram.

In fact, the Federalist reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists 8,735 licensed mammography facilities in America on their website but Planned Parenthood operates none of them. You can view their list by clicking here.

The truth is Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms or breast biopsies or ultrasounds. They don’t help women catch cancer; instead they refer women to legitimate health centers that offer those services.

The House of Representatives will vote next week on legislation to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. The House will vote next week on The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134).

Rep. Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican who is the pro-life lawmaker sponsoring the legislation and a nurse for more than 40 years, thanked Speaker John Boehner and Republican leaders in the House for putting together next week’s vote.

Black has written legislation that would freeze Planned Parenthood funding for one year while Congress conducts an investigation into its sales of aborted babies.