FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
FACT CHECK ALERT – On Leno, Obama Persists in Falsehood: Planned Parenthood Does NOT Provide Mammograms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser countered President Obama’s false statements to Jay Leno concerning Planned Parenthood’s services:
“Planned Parenthood is an abortion-centered, profit-driven business, funded by taxpayers who oppose their practices. The President and his allies are using scare tactics with women’s health in order to get their vote. President Obama should be exposed for promoting these falsehoods.
“Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider – performing 392 abortions for every individual adoption referral it makes – and does not provide comprehensive, whole woman’s health care, including mammograms. We once again call on President Obama to immediately stop misleading the American people by repeating the falsehood that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. As she has taken time off to campaign for him full time, perhaps Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards could set the President straight.”
Planned Parenthood is not a mammogram provider. A recent paper published in First Things pointed out that abortion is 125 to 165 times more profitable than mammography. During fiscal year 2009-2010, Planned Parenthood reported more than one billion dollars in net assets.
The myth that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms has been repeatedly debunked, most recently by Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom who pointed out that according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, no Planned Parenthood clinic in the country is authorized to perform mammograms under the federal Mammogram Quality Standards Act.
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.