Democrat Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Falsely Claims Planned Parenthood Does Mammograms

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 9, 2019   |   4:14PM   |   Washington, DC

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar revived the long-debunked claim this week that Planned Parenthood does mammograms.

Klobuchar, a pro-abortion senator from Minnesota, made the statement during a Fox News town hall Wednesday in Wisconsin, the Washington Times reports.

She defended Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, and slammed President Donald Trump for trying to chip away at the nearly half a billion dollars it receives from taxpayers every year.

“So when this president goes . . . against Planned Parenthood, that to me is a major problem,” Klobuchar said.

“In their lifetime, one in five women go there,” she continued. “And most of them are going there for contraception, birth control, they’re going there for mammograms, they’re going there for cancer screenings, and yet over and over again, this president has tried to cut that funding for Planned Parenthood.”

But Klobuchar is wrong. Not only is Planned Parenthood primarily an abortion provider, but it also does not provide mammograms or many other essential health services.

The “mammogram” claim has been debunked repeatedly by pro-life outlets and mainstream news fact checkers.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards herself even admitted to U.S. Congress that they do not do mammograms. Her statement came after a 2012 investigation by Live Action exposed the lie.

The Federalist reported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists 8,735 licensed mammography facilities in America on its website, but Planned Parenthood does not operate any of them. View the list by clicking here.

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Yet, pro-abortion politicians and liberal media personalities continue to repeat the false claim over and over again.

Similarly, in 2017, Live Action also caught Planned Parenthood deceiving the public about offering prenatal care.

Leaders of the abortion group claimed on multiple occasions that women depend on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care, among other things. Richards, its former CEO, once said, “Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care – these are the kinds of services that folks depend on Planned Parenthood for.”

But prenatal care is virtually non-existent at Planned Parenthood. Of the 97 facilities that Live Action called or visited, only five offered some form of prenatal care or a referral for it.

Many Planned Parenthood facilities – including every single one in Pennsylvania – advertised prenatal services online but did not actually provide them. As a result of the investigation, dozens of the abortion group’s facilities removed prenatal services from their websites.

Planned Parenthood’s own numbers show that, for pregnant women, abortion is its No. 1 service by a huge margin. According to its most recent annual report, it did 332,757 abortions – more than one third of all abortions in the U.S. That same report showed that it provided fewer other services, including contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other health services.

Its new CEO, Leana Wen, also recently admitted that abortions are their “core mission.”

Most Americans do not want their tax dollars to support the killing of unborn babies. This is why the Trump administration has been working to defund Planned Parenthood. His Mexico City policy cut $100 million in tax dollars from Planned Parenthood’s international arm.

His new Title X “Protect Life” rule also would strip away about $60 million from the abortion chain unless it separates its abortion business from its actual health services. Planned Parenthood has refused to do so, and pro-abortion political leaders are challenging the rule in court.