President Obama stood firm on his support for Planned Parenthood
during Tuesday's debate with Mitt Romney. But two prominent
pro-life leaders state the president also perpetuated a lie
regarding the abortion agency's services.
Barack Obama needs to check his facts concerning statements he
made about Planned Parenthood last night. That's the advice of
spokespersons for both American Life League and the National Right
to Life Committee. Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life
League, tells OneNewsNow that in pressing for the need for
continuing taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood, Obama repeated a
mistake by saying that the abortion giant offers mammograms.
"Either he's ignorant of a group that has spent $5 million to
re-elect him; or he's incompetent, and the voters can decide that;
or as we say in DC, he's dissembling or he's inaccurate or
misstating or misleading or confabulating," he offers. "But to us
common folk in the flyover states we would just call that
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee, agrees with
Rondeau's assessment. "... Planned Parenthood has been found out
through a lot of investigation that they do not do mammograms --
and they have started admitting it," she says. "But he continued to
put forth that lie as a defense for why he wants to keep giving our
tax dollars to the abortion providers."
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The president also stressed support for the Health and Human
Services mandate to require free coverage for contraception,
abortifacients, and sterilizations. Rondeau passes along this
information: "Inside of that mandate is a billion dollar superfund
for elective abortions," he says. "There's also a $75
million set-aside which basically puts Planned Parenthood into
schools to teach children about sex and to counsel them without
Tobias also took issue with Obama's discussion about the
controversial mandate. "When he talked about how he wanted his two
daughters to have the same opportunities as anybody's sons have, he
brought Planned Parenthood up and the need for funding of Planned
Parenthood in just really strange ways," she observes. "That was
the top thing on his mind last night."
Rondeau concludes Obama "cannot be trusted or believed" when it
comes to anything he says about Planned Parenthood. "He is so deep
in their pocket it is scary," he comments, "and [that] should be
very worrisome to the American taxpayer and the American voter of
Alliance Defending Freedom has called on the
president to correct the record and explain that Planned Parenthood
does not offer mammograms. "If Planned Parenthood is operating
mammogram machines without a license, it is violating federal law,"
says ADF attorney Casey Mattox. "His own administration has
confirmed that Planned Parenthood has no such licenses.
"No one should prop up an abortion business by claiming it is
helping women in ways that it does not," concludes Mattox.
Planned Parenthood has a budget of over a billion dollars a
year. More than half of that comes from federal, state, and local