It's become part of Planned Parenthood's mantra as conservatives fight to take away the organization's federal funding: doing so would strip women of vital health services like breast exams and mammograms. But what if it wouldn't? What if breast exams and mammograms aren't as widespread as Planned Parenthood would lead us to believe? According to a new video from the pro-life group Live Action, that may well be the case.
In a new set of recordings posted on YouTube, Live Action -- which busted Planned Parenthood for supporting child sex trafficking last month -- reportedly called 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 cities to see if they offer mammograms. None -- not one -- did.
Live Action explains on its website:
Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells [the Live Action caller] she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure. “We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, KS explains to the caller, “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”
The video is based on a claim from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who recently appeared on the "Joy Behar Show" to decry the Planned Parenthood defunding bill: “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are gonna lose their healthcare access–not to abortion services–to basic family planning, you know, mammograms.”
A March 9 press release on the organization's website reiterates that claim:
“Among its many harmful provisions, H.R. 1 proposes to completely eliminate the national family planning program as well as prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including for preventive health care, lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, HIV testing and STD testing and treatment. [Emphasis added]
Live Action's video is below:
Live Action President Lila Rose says on the group's website that the new video is just one more example of PP's "corruption:"
"Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion business, but Planned Parenthood and its allies will say almost anything to try and cover up that fact and preserve its taxpayer funding. It’s not surprising that an organization found concealing statutory rape and helping child sex traffickers would misrepresent its own services so brazenly, playing on women’s fears in order to protect their tax dollars.”