If you thought Planned Parenthood provided mostly medical care and performed few abortions, as they consistently claim, think again — their just-released annual report proves that's false. Ever since the Center for Medical Progress' undercover videos put Planned Parenthood under the microscope, the organization has maintained with zealous fervor that they mostly exist to provide pap tests, breast exams and birth control — turns out that's just one of their erroneous claims that proves to be false.
In Planned Parenthood's 35-page annual report, they make several claims that are not only false but obviously so. For example, they make reference to the Center for Medical Progress' slew of undercover videos which showed they were harvesting fetal organs for profit, an illegal activity. (Notice they don't even bother to mention their name, but rather refer to them as "anti-abortion extremists — I guess that's the new term for investigative reporting that reveals ghoulish results.)
In July 2015, anti-abortion extremists began releasing heavily edited undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials and providers. In investigation after investigation by the media, the medical community, and forensic experts, their allegations were widely and resoundingly discredited. But as we know all too well, anti-women's health politicians will jump at any opportunity — no matter how baseless — to attack our organization.
For some bizarre reason, Planned Parenthood is still making the claim that the videos were "heavily edited" despite the fact that two third-party organizations performed forensic studies and a congressional investigation all proved they had only been edited for clarity (removing bathroom breaks and idle time). Why they would continue to argue this point, even when it's been proven false repeatedly, wreaks of either stupidity or gaslighting — pick your poison.
The most glaring falsehood in Planned Parenthood's report is the discrepancies in their services. The report claimed, "U.S. women will lose essential care if Planned Parenthood is defunded, not just abortion, which is only 3 percent of the group's services." While they saw about 100,000 fewer patients than last year, they performed about 5,000 more abortions this year than last. Though the organization often claims their main goal is to provide health services, that number declined significantly this year.
It doesn't take a statistician to see that Planned Parenthood is twisting their numbers, and that abortions make up well more than 3 percent of their services — not to mention Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
It's not shocking that an organization which peddles baby parts for profit and brags about providing abortions lies in its annual report — but it is disconcerting for a federally-funded group to do so when the truth is glaringly obvious.
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist in Washington, D.C., who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator's Young Journalist Award.
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