Cecile Richards Claimed “Folks Depend on Planned Parenthood for Prenatal Care.” She Lied

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 24, 2017   |   6:45PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards cannot be too happy with the undercover investigative group Live Action.

Richards once claimed that her abortion group does mammograms. It does not, and Live Action exposed the lie. She also claimed on multiple occasions that Planned Parenthood provides “essential” prenatal care to expecting moms. A new Live Action investigation is exposing that line as false, too.

According to Live Action’s new investigation released this week, only five of the 97 Planned Parenthood facilities it contacted provide prenatal care; the rest turned away women or offered them abortions instead.

“Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” a receptionist at the Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona told a Live Action investigator.

Another receptionist at the Albany, New York facility told them, “No Planned Parenthood does prenatal care, hon.”

A third in Merrillville, Indiana said: “No, we don’t do prenatal services. I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know it’s kind of deceiving.”

Richards made several statements over the years claiming that Planned Parenthood needs taxpayer funding to provide essential services, such as prenatal care.

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During a 2011 rally with pro-abortion Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, and others, Richards said, “Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care – these are the kinds of services that folks depend on Planned Parenthood for.”

During a March 24, 2011 interview with C-Span, Richards again defended Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding by claiming several times that it provides prenatal care to expecting moms.

Richards, who earns nearly $1 million a year, made a similar statement again last year when Ohio pro-life Gov. John Kasich signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

“This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio,” Richards said in a statement to Vox. “John Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns. He is leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care.”

Richards is not the only one pushing the deception. In 2011, the Texas Tribune reported Planned Parenthood OB-GYN Matt Romberg said he was worried that tax cuts to his abortion chain would hinder women from getting early prenatal care.

Planned Parenthood has been putting extra emphasis on its non-abortion services recently in an attempt to justify the $500 million in taxpayer money it receives every year. Its leaders claim that being defunded would hurt millions of women who depend on Planned Parenthood for services like prenatal care, breast exams and birth control.

That’s not what Live Action found, though. The first video in its new series, “The Prenatal Care Deception,” found that Planned Parenthood’s prenatal care services are “virtually nonexistent.” Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood performs approximately one third of all abortions in the U.S., or about 320,000 a year.

After LifeNews reported about the video, women quickly began sharing on Facebook personal experiences similar to what Live Action found: