Cecile Richards Once Said Planned Parenthood Does Mammograms. Today She Admitted She Lied

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 29, 2015   |   12:48PM   |   Washington, DC

During today’s third Congressional hearing into Planned Parenthood potentially illegally selling aborted babies and their body parts, the CEO of the abortion company essentially admitted she lied.

In 2011, reeling from a vote in the House of Representatives that would deny any and all taxpayer funding, the Planned Parenthood abortion business turned to its non-abortion “services” to defend the need for the government dole. On February 21, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards joined the talk show of pro-abortion activist Joy Behar and defended Planned Parenthood against the legislation seeking to de-fund it.

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“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer,” she said.

In 2012, they issued a press release that read, “Planned Parenthood helps women nationwide get access to mammograms, as part of the range of health care Planned Parenthood health centers provide to nearly three million people a year.”

But today, Richards repeatedly indicated Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, has no mammogram machines at any of its abortion clinics or other locations, and refers out for mammograms. But Richards also lied about her previous statement saying mammograms are done at Planned Parenthood.

“We do not have mammogram machines at our health centers and we’ve never stated that we did,” Richards said.

“To the best of my knowledge not any Planned Parenthood facilities have mammogram machines,” Richards added later.

Still later in the hearing, Richards said, “No Planned Parenthood clinics have mammogram machines.”

Earlier this month, a pro-life group had a “Schedule Your Mammogram Day” to have women call Planned Parenthood and schedule their mammograms, but since the abortion company does not do mammograms, this task was impossible.

Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson said that although pro-abortion advocates are claiming that if Congress de-funds Planned Parenthood women would lose access to life-saving care, this is definitely not the case since their facilities are only level-one breast cancer service centers. This means that all they can provide is referrals for mammograms and conduct manual breast exams.

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Johnson explained, “Having worked at a Planned Parenthood, I knew that there are no Planned Parenthoods licensed to have mammogram machines. They can provide a referral for a mammogram, but any health provider can refer a woman for a mammogram.”

She added, “We know they won’t do mammograms, but they won’t come out and make a statement. They perpetuate this lie by their silence.”

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.