Given Hillary Clinton’s reputation for not always telling the truth, it might come as little surprise that the Democrat presidential hopeful just said something misleading and inaccurate — one might graciously say Mrs. Clinton misspoke or overstated the case — in her defense of Planned Parenthood. But the one word she used to characterize the recently released videos that have upset people across the political spectrum will come as a shock to many.
In a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Hillary said: “Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all in our country.” However, what the Democrat front-runner told the newspaper in the early primary state was flat-out wrong on one, and quite likely two, counts.
In the first place, while it’s been providing what advocates call “family planning” services for about a hundred years — including many millions of abortions to prevent women from increasing the size of their families — it is highly doubtful the organization has been offering cancer screenings “for more than a century,” as its early roots date back to 1916, when Margaret Sanger’s first clinic was all about birth control. Preventing pregnancy was the group’s chief objective for many decades.
Clinton’s big goof was claiming that the Planned Parenthood services she lauded are performed “all in our country.” A quick search of the organization’s website shows that not to be true, and that the group’s global footprint is quite extensive.
“For more than 40 years,” according to a page on the site, “Planned Parenthood Global has been working overseas in partnership with local advocates, medical service providers, youth leaders and more to ensure that women, men, and young people in some of the world’s most neglected areas have access to the health care they need to control their bodies and their futures.”
The website page explains that those overseas services include sex education, providing contraceptives, and increased access to abortion.
Beyond the glaring misconceptions Hillary Clinton is trying to peddle about Planned Parenthood’s services, there’s the more surprising word she just used to describe the three undercover videos that show top executives and doctors working for the organization talking about the sale of body parts from aborted babies.
The Union Leader newspaper reports that Mrs. Clinton has, for the first time, said something negative that calls into serious question the practices of the nation’s most active provider of abortion services — a group she has long championed.
Calling them “disturbing,” Hillary Clinton said undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue raise questions about the process nationwide.
“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,”
Mrs. Clinton did not endorse a GOP-led effort to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood — Senate leaders have indicated there will likely be a vote to defund the organization before the body takes its fast-approaching August recess. Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million annually in federal funds, accounting for about half its operating budget.
One of the GOP senators leading the effort to take the many hundreds of millions of federal dollars away from Planned Parenthood is Kentucky’s Rand Paul, also a candidate for president on the GOP side. At an anti-abortion rally on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Paul called on Clinton to return any donations from the organization that routinely gives big money to pro-choice Democrats.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth