By Sam Foster
Do you need want a free mammogram in Iowa? If you want to go through a third party, great, head to your local planned parenthood. They will then instruct you that the state of Iowa has a program, they’ll point you to the state’s website where you can fill out the application, they’ll provide you an outbound mailbox for your application and then loan you a phone to call and make an appointment with a facility that actually performs the mammogram.
Yet according to Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, cutting Planned Parenthood limits access to mammograms:
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.”
For this statement to be true, the loss of Planned Parenthood funding would need to coincide with a loss of access to google, the post office and a telephone. But, looking through the amendment, I see none of these additional restrictions.
Just to drive home this point, a pro-life group led a sting and called 30 clinics who all confirmed that Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms.
Looks like the sting is getting coverage and while media will pick up on Cecile Richard’s lie, there really is a much bigger nuance that I guarantee will be overlooked.
Cecile Richards argues that Planned Parenthood increases access to mammograms, the point of the sting was to show that they do not increase access, but as a result of Cecile Richard’s lie, she has reduced access to mammograms.
Listen to the calls below:
You’ll notice that the people on the call were not interested in counseling the caller and informing, merely passing the caller to someone else to handle the mammogram. In the first call on the tape, Planned Parenthood referred the caller to another Planned Parenthood, who then referred her to a third party. By misleading people, as Cecile Richards has, they are subjecting women to at least one useless step; literally complicating and standing in the way of women from talking to a provider that actually has mammograms.
Cecile Richard’s lie has probably done more to lower access to mammograms than defunding ever would have. In fact, if defunding means that people know Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms, the defunding would probably increase access to mammograms.