Meet the Press host Chuck Todd is perpetuating the myth that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms.
“Democrats will say the money they give to Planned Parenthood does not go to abortions,” Todd said to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump during an interview. “That the money they give to Planned Parenthood only goes to other women’s health issues including mammograms and things like that.”
Last fall, pro-life group Live Action produced a fact-checking video that demonstrates the false claims that Planned Parenthood performs mammograms.
President Barack Obama, a Miss America pageant contestant, Whoopi Goldberg, and even Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards herself have all asserted the abortion business performs mammograms. Richards, however, told the House Oversight Committee recently that she never claimed mammograms were performed.
On February 21, 2011, Richards joined the talk show of pro-abortion television personality Joy Behar and defended her organization against a bill that sought to defund it by claiming women would lose access to mammograms if Planned Parenthood were defunded.
Turns out, supporters have continued to assert that Planned Parenthood offers mammograms even though it has been debunked for years. Even more problematic: High-profile supporters continue to repeat it, such as comedian Margaret Cho (who tweeted about this repeatedly during the hearing) and Whoopi Goldberg (who referred to it on “The View” the day after the hearing). Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison even grabbed headlines during September’s Miss America contest, when she said Planned Parenthood’s federal funding “goes for mammograms.”
“The Federal Drug Administration’s list, updated weekly, of certified mammography facilities does not list any Planned Parenthood clinics,” the Post stated.