Mammograms? What mammograms? New video exposes Planned Parenthood false claim

While Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood has claimed that the abortion
giant provides mammograms, undercover calls to 30 clinics prove otherwise.

BY Peter Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30, 2011 ( – A new Live Action
sting operation on Planned Parenthood clinics across the country belies
statements by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Planned
Parenthood allies that cutting funding to the abortion giant would limit
women’s access to health care services including mammograms.

“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are
gonna lose their health care access – not to abortion services – to basic
family planning, you know, mammograms,” Richards said on The Joy Behar
Show in February, referring to the House bill that includes the cuts to
Planned Parenthood’s funding.

To verify this claim, undercover journalists with Live Action made calls to
30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about the
availability of mammograms. In every case, the actress was turned down and
told to go elsewhere for the procedure, which helps detect breast cancer. A
Youtube video of the calls is available here.

“For so long PP has touted that they are a provider of mammogram
services.  This is just one of the lies that PP uses to draw people into
their clinics,” said former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson.
“[Planned Parenthood] is not able to provide quality services on their
own, so they are forced to lie to the public about services they don’t
provide — and mammograms are just one of those services.”

One staff member at a Planned Parenthood in Arizona told Live Action when
asked about the availability of mammograms: “We don’t provide those
services whatsoever.”

Another individual at Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center
clinic in Overland Park, Kansas explained, “We actually don’t have a,
um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”

The calls recorded by Live Action follow their recent undercover video
stings showing Planned Parenthood staff, including management, apparently
willing to turn a blind eye to sex-trafficking of young girls at seven
clinics in four different states. Previous video stings have caught staffers
on video showing an indifference to statutory child rape and failing to
report to authorities that a minor teenage girl seeking abortion is being
sexually abused by a much older man.

“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,” said Live Action
president Lila Rose. “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.”

Last year, Planned Parenthood received $363 million in federal dollars.

View Live Action’s latest video here.

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