Tuesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood was interesting.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards faced direct questioning from Republicans and soft kisses from Democrats.
The real value of the hearing was that, unlike when Richards appears on TV, this time she was under oath. That yielded several admissions.
First, Planned Parenthood often says that abortions are only 3 percent of the services they offer. The Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” has given this dubious claim “three Pinocchios.” When Richards was asked to divide the number of patients Planned Parenthood saw last year by the number of abortions, the answer was 12 percent. Even more amazingly, when federal funds are exempted, 86 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from abortions.
Second, Richards and Planned Parenthood advocates regularly claim that women receive mammograms at Planned Parenthood facilities — as she did on CNN in 2011, to give one example. Asked by freshman Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) if Planned Parenthood facilities offer mammograms, Richards admitted that they don’t. None of the 650 to 700 facilities offer mammograms, nor do they even have the equipment.