Lila Rose’s latest hoax is already debunked
Discredited right-wing activist Lila Rose is promoting yet another video hoax, falsely claiming to have caught Planned Parenthood officials lying about the organization’s work providing patients with access to cancer screenings, including mammograms. But the comments Rose highlights in no way contradict the undisputed fact that Planned Parenthood provides patients with access to these services.
Lila Rose Hoax: Video Proves Planned Parenthood Lied About Providing Mammograms
Live Action: Planned Parenthood “Exposed” Lying About Mammograms. A press release accompanying Live Action’s latest video purports to expose Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards as lying. From the release:
“Planned Parenthood CEO’s False Mammogram Claim Exposed
A series of new undercover phone calls reveals that contrary to the claims of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and other supporters of the nation’s largest abortion chain, the organization does not provide mammograms for women.
In the tapes, a Live Action actor calls 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about mammograms at Planned Parenthood. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her 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.”
Opponents of defunding Planned Parenthood have argued in Congress and elsewhere that the organization provides many vital health care services other than abortion, such as mammograms. Most prominently, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards recently appeared on The Joy Behar Show to oppose the Pence Amendment to end Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer subsidies, claiming, “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.” [Live Action, 3/30/11]
Huh that’s interesting, sounds pretty serious…
FACT: Planned Parenthood Provides Access To Mammograms By Referring Patients To Locations That Perform The Service
Planned Parenthood Website: “A Staff Member At Your Local Planned Parenthood Health Center Can Discuss Breast Cancer, Breast Exams, And Breast Health With You And Help You Find The Services You Need.” From plannedparenthood.org’s page on breast cancer screenings:
Breast cancer is a serious health concern. After skin cancer, it is the most common type of cancer in American women. It is a leading cause of death from cancer, too. About 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and 40,000 women will die from it.
If you have questions or concerns about breast cancer, we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss breast cancer, breast exams, and breast health with you and help you find the services you need. [plannedparenthood.org, accessed 3/30/11]
Planned Parenthood Website: “Ask … Staff At Your Local Planned Parenthood Health Center About Where You Can Get A Mammogram In Your Area.” From plannedparenthood.org’s page of frequently asked questions about mammograms:
Where Can I Get a Mammogram?
Ask your health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center about where you can get a mammogram in your area. [Planned Parenthood.org, accessed 3/30/11]
Well that was pretty easy to expose as a lie. But don’t worry, the usual far-right nutters are running with this as a factual story.