Obama falsely claims that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms

Tonight, President Barack Obama told America, “There are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms.”


Planned Parenthood itself has admitted that it does not perform mammograms for women — something the Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity confirmed last year.

LifeNews.com and pro-life blogger Jill Stanek followed up with phone calls to various Planned Parenthood centers and confirmed they do not do mammograms.

Then, the organization Live Action released videotaped footage of calls to 30 Planned Parenthood centers nationwide in 27 different states where abortion facility staff were asked whether or not mammograms could be performed on site. Every one of the Planned Parenthood centers admitted they could not do mammograms. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells the women calling that they will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.

Twitchy founder/CEO Michelle Malkin addresses this issue in tonight’s column:

Planned Parenthood does not provide women with mammograms. PP’s “women’s health” mantle is a sham. An undercover investigation of 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, conducted by pro-life group Live Action, confirmed that the abortion provider does not perform breast cancer screenings. “We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona admitted. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, Kan., acknowledged: “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”

But don’t just take Live Action’s word for it. In June 2012, the Obama Health and Human Services Department responded to a request for information about how many Planned Parenthood clinics were certified to operate mammogram facilities. “Our search did not find any documents pertinent to your request,” HHS told the Alliance Defense Fund.

Got that? Fraudulent Hollywood harridans and their hero in the White House have been deliberately deceiving women into thinking that eliminating Planned Parenthood subsidies would mean a catastrophic end to affordable cancer screening services. But the abortion provider’s purported “referral services” to outside mammogram facilities are negligible — especially given the widespread availability of free and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screening services across the country supported by both private and public grants.

Even left-leaning PolitiFact agrees that PP does not do mammograms.

  • SansMercy

    There are now disenfranchised breasts all over America.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      some of those lady parts vote, too…

  • nc

    While BHO was extolling the virtues of PP I was waiting for him to add abortion to the list. Why not? Are they ashamed of it? Is it not the biggest part of their business (money-wise)? But no, you would think it was the Mayo Clinic.

    • SansMercy

      Give me a Hamm on five, hold the Mayo.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Roger, Oveur.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jnbaker719 Jacki Baker

      Abortion is not there biggest part.
      Actually abortion services make up only about 3% of their services. The biggest part is STD/STI detection and treatment and contraceptives.

      • DG1965

        PP breaks down the abortion procedure to skew the percentage. An IV, not an abortion, administration of medication, not an abortion, Counseling and after procedure care, not an abortion …you get the picture so the actual act of abortion could be considered only about 3% of their services when each procedure/interaction is itemized separately but it all equals……..an abortion.

      • gator871
        • Hosfordrut M.

          You’ve misread that blog post. What the “Live Action blog” (LAB) is stating is that abortions are 91.2% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy-related services. If you read the report from which the LAB is citing, you see that those same statistics show that pregnancy-related services only account for 3.3% of all services rendered.

  • Aestro

    Correct, though perhaps intentionally ignoring other cancer prevention services.

    Planned Parenthood does provide a large number of Pap Smears, breast cancer screenings, and colonoscopies, They also provide REFERRALS for mammograms, which is not the same as providing them but under many insurance carriers may be required for a mammogram.

    The bulk (70-75%) of what Planned Parenthood does is STD testing and contraception.

    • carla5731

      They do colonoscopies but not mammograms? Colonoscopies are far more complicated than mammograms. I checked on several of their websites but all I could find were mentions of colon cancer screenings, not colonoscopies.

      • Aestro

        You’re right, my apologies. Colposcopy, not colonoscopy.

    • AMSilver

      The only way a referral from PP would matter to an insurance company would be if a woman listed someone at PP as her primary care physician. For policies that require referrals to see a specialist, that referral must come from your primary care physician. You can’t go to any random outfit and get a referral and think the insurance company is going to say ‘a-okay.’ And PP doesn’t have doctors on site who would qualify as primary care physicians.

      • Hosfordrut M.

        Is this the stance of every insurance company operating in the United States? Ms. Leslie McMichael of Wellington, Florida went to the Planned Parenthood of Boca Raton to receive a mammogram referral that went on to diagnose ductal breast cancer, saving her life. Perhaps her insurance company operates with different policies than the one with which you’re familiar.

        Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 26 September 2012 (http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-09-26/news/fl-wf-breastexam-0926-20120926_1_offer-free-breast-breast-cancer-clinical-breast )

        • stan ingram

          Anyone can schedule a mammogram without a Dr. rx. They are annual preventitive procedures. In most states they are sites and health screening clinics that do them on income based fees.

          • Hosfordrut M.

            Scheduling a mammogram is not the same as being able to afford a mammogram without insurance. Insurance which frequently requires referrals.

          • AMSilver

            Your example didn’t deal with insurance coverage at all. Yes, a woman received a mammogram with a referral from PP, but it doesn’t state in the article that her insurance company required her to have a referral prior to receiving a mammogram. So can you show me any evidence at all that there is an insurance plan that requires referrals to see specialists that accepts those referrals from PP and not solely from primary care physicians?

          • Hosfordrut M.

            You’re asking me to find an insurance provider in the United States that accepts referrals from Planned Parenthood for mammograms? I don’t have the time to contact them all, but if you need to know, you could do the same and prove that there isn’t a single insurance plan that doesn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/Darth_Slacker_ Darth_Slacker_

    Obama falsely claimed his Birth Certificate was real…what else is new

  • http://twitter.com/B0BAL00 B0BAL00

    Didn’t Candy just remember the time she got a mamogram at PP?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZDKBANHOIOGZWHRYDBCOFNGF4 Step awn

    Claiming that PP is about womens health is as bad as claiming that Obama is all about the truth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

      My friends and I have gone to Planned Parenthood for health screenings so yes, they are about womens health.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

      but the article is right, they don’t do mammograms

  • Brian Fike

    What they will say is that he meant that women can go to PP to ASK about where to get mammograms…never mind asking a DOCTOR. This is why Obummer is careful with his words when he boldly lies, so the lamestream can find an escape route.

    • Hosfordrut M.

      I think the president may have been referring to the fact that women can receive clinical breast exams and then referrals for mammograms from Planned Parenthood. It’s also possible the president, being a man, is unaware that the clinical breast exams Planned Parenthood does provide aren’t the same thing as a mammogram.

  • TNGTony
    • carla5731

      From that site (it confirms referrals):

      “Planned Parenthood … connect[s] patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.”

      • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

        Sheesh, if they were really helping people plan for parenthood, you would think they would offer ultrasounds, maybe even walk a woman through a pregnancy. They should change their name to “Planned Childlessness.”

        • Chass

          They actually do have services for preparing women for parenthood, helping with pregnancy, etc. Many like to focus on the abortions they offer (which is the smallest service used at PP). You can always check their website for facts though.


          • carla5731

            If everyone is going to be required to purchase health insurance, and the government has given itself free rein to determine what services must be included in that insurance, why do my tax dollars need to be funneled to Planned Parenthood too?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Candy Crowley #FactCheck Planned Parenthood providing mammograms question at the debate. “Yes, they do perform mammograms.” After the debate, “I was wrong.”

  • Moonshadow74

    This from the Planned Parenthood site…
    At immediate risk were low-income women, many located in rural and underserved communities, served by 19 Planned Parenthood programs funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.This funding has enabled designated Planned Parenthood health centers to provide women with breast health education, screenings, and referrals for mammograms — lifesaving care for women where Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care.

    “There are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms.” Not a false statement. Relying on them for referrals is not a false statement. He did not say they preformed the mammograms. I rely on my doctor to set up my mammogram, she does not have a machine in her office.

    • MaryUKtheScot

      About as relevant as saying every guy who has a thing for feeling up a womans boobs is providing a womans health service!!!

      • Moonshadow74

        So is that what YOUR doctor does when you have breast exams? Maybe you should be getting a different doctor.

    • bcostin

      “..funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation…”
      Oh, so it’s private money that’s providing these services. They’re not even covered by PP’s controversial government funding. Gosh, I wonder what sorts of other Planned Parenthood services ate up all that government money? It’s a puzzler.

      “I rely on my doctor to set up my mammogram, she does not have a machine in her office.”

      So do you think it would be ethical for your doctor to advertise her medical practice and her expertise by claiming that women “rely” on her for mammograms? You should ask her. If she says “yes”, then you may want to consider a different doctor.

      • Moonshadow74

        You have no idea what ‘mammograms’ entail.
        A woman on limited income goes to Planned Parenthood for an annual exam. One standard procedure is a breast exam (What Happens During a Breast Exam? -http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/doctors-breast-exam). If the facility has the equipment, the mammogram will be performed there. If not, she’ll be referred within a network that has agreed to accept less than the standard payment. The results are sent back to the Planned Parenthood doctor to be read & reported to the patient. Since all billing is handled by Planned Parenthood & eligible for payment under Title X, it’s reasonable to abbreviate the process as ‘providing mammograms.’

        However one phrases it, they provide vital health services to women (& men) that detect a host of medical problems that includes cancer screening. Men get breast cancer, too.

    • Moonshadow74

      I actually stand corrected on this. I was informed by a friend that there is a truck that brings mobile mammography to the Planned Parenthood in their area. It is there for a full day and all mammograms are free.

  • Michael Rice

    And what if they did do the mammograms? That would make the fact they do abortions OK?????

    • Michael Rice

      Let them ebcome Planned Breast Care then. They can do all the mammograms they want.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

      Since you’re a man, you will NEVER know what it’s like to need an abortion so kindly keep your ignorance to yourself

      • http://twitter.com/JPCaro JP Caro

        Who “needs” to kill their unborn? I am a woman and would never consider this for my child. Wake up honey.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

          a rape victim? a woman whose embryo could kill her?

        • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

          also, legal abortions are performed before the embryo develops into a fetus, so it’s not “killing” anything

  • GP for truth

    Perhaps you morons might want to do even just a little bit of research before you go spouting off about things that you’re just wrong on. But no, conservatives and Republicans have no regard for the truth when it doesn’t serve their agenda.

    Here’s the truth:


    • Philip McCorkle

      Oh, dead god the irony in your accusatory comment. Yes, they do simple cancer screening tests, which your link shows. HOWEVER, the issue is regarding Obama’s claim that they perform mammograms… THAT claim is completely false.

      I suggest you do an ounce of research and understand the issue before you go spouting your accusations and end up looking like a fool.

      • Hosfordrut M.

        The quote of the president is “There are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms.” If a woman goes to Planned Parenthood for a clinical breast exam to then, in turn, receives an insurance-required referral for a mammogram, then they are relying on Planned Parenthood to receive that mammogram.

    • Kasia

      Again, Mammogram is different from a self-breast exam. Nobody denied that PP does not do that. But that is a completely different thing that can be done on your own. So please don’t be a hypocrite.

      Thank you.

  • Chass

    Maybe the writer of this post needs to check the PP website and try visiting a Planned Parenthood center?


    • afvet4america

      An examine is not a Mammogram.

      • Hosfordrut M.

        But a clinical breast exam is required by Planned Parenthood to receive a referral for a mammogram. A referral that’s required by most insurance companies for payment.

  • Paul C.

    The prez is grasping at the last few straws he has left.

  • $30423294

    Sure, let’s go with the “mammogram” language.

    It’s interesting that this organization seems to target minority women for these “mammogram” procedures.

    I understand that people like you have been told that “mammogram” services are essential. But I know many women who regret having had that “mammogram.” In fact, I know women whose lives were destroyed because they had that “mammogram.”

    Have you met these women, Mr. President? You should meet one before you leave office. I think it’s really important that you meet one. I think it would change your life. It did mine.

    I’m speaking of “mammograms” of course.

  • Joseph P. Campbell

    This moron doesn’t know how to tell the truth! I don’t believe ANYTHING this adminestration says….

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

      learn how to spell before you criticize

  • Larry Matt York

    they do 750,000 breast exams a year. not mammograms, but an important screening tool.

    • carla5731

      But we’re all required to purchase insurance now. According to rules drafted by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, that insurance must include the all services outlined in the Women’s Preventive Care mandate which states, “mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services – is covered with no cost sharing.”

      Why do we need to pay for these screenings twice? If we’re already chipping in through our insurance premiums why should we be taxed to fund Planned Parenthood?

    • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

      Do you know what a “breast exam” is? It’s manually touching the breasts for lumps/abnormalities. I can do 750,000 breast exams on my own breasts each year if I wanted to and it would’t cost the tax payers a dime! A woman’s GP or OB/GYN will do the same thing during her annual PAP exam. No money for that? There are free clinics galore all across the United States. Why is the government giving tax payer funds to an organization whose only true agenda is murdering babies?

      • Hosfordrut M.

        Yet, after your 750,001st self-breast exam, you still cannot provide yourself a referral for a mammogram if your insurance provider requires it. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood can provide that referral after your exam.

        • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

          @twitter-879026563:disqus I don’t need a referral from my insurance. But say some woman does. For Planned Childlessness to give her that referral she so desperately needs, she’d have to have Planned Childlessness as her PCP, which I’m not sure that Planned Childlessness can b

    • Kasia

      The problem with that is that you could really do that yourself. Its a very pointless and useless tool since you can do it yourself for free and it still tells you nothing. You should always get a mammogram if you suspect you have bc or if it runs strongly in your family. PP does not provide any of the pertinent tools to help prevent breast cancer or direct women to affordable mammograms.

      • Hosfordrut M.

        On the contrary, Planned Parenthood does provide referrals to women for mammograms after they receive a clinical breast exam at a PP clinic. That does, in fact, allow for insurances to cover the mammogram thereby making it more affordable.

  • RightThinking1

    Since Crowley selected the questions, she promoted the bogus ‘war on women’ issue. Romney missed an opportunity to point out the discriminant pay scales at the White House.

  • soccermom69

    Obama meant to say that they have a guy who does free breast exams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bralick Carl-Tony Bralick

    “Sure, we’d be happy to schedule you for a mammogram!” said no Planned Parenthood Facility ever…

    • Hosfordrut M.

      The Planned Parenthood office of Boca Raton, Florida happily provides referrals for mammograms to their patients whose breast exams show need.

      • mf48

        Please learn the difference between “schedule a mammogram” and “refer for a mammogram.” And a breast exam that PP does is NOT a mammogram.

        • Hosfordrut M.

          I don’t see where, in my comment, I said that one equated the other.

  • fuskiegirl21

    Hey can I get my free mamogram from Planned Parenthood and let the taxpayers pay for it??

  • George Hardy

    just what does Planned Parenthood really offer women and men for that matter?- as if we didn`t already know !

  • PrincessofSnark

    Michelle, I wish someone would REALLY clarify for the average person EXACTLY WHAT SERVICES Planned Parenthood provides. I’ve never known of anyone going to them for a cervical exam/pap smear, or any other health care other than birth control of some type. Also, wouldn’t an “invasive” ultra-sound be in the best interest of a woman coming in for a procedure? PP doctors don’t usually see women the same way a gynecologist would, so isn’t it is better for them to know what’s going on “in there” before they go poking around?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanzaliz Liz Lanza

      I go there for birth control and they do provide cancer and STD screenings through a pap smear.

  • Marti

    Abortions for all..mammograms for none…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YJ5G3N25JBSWDNFKBTXEVLR4NU Walt

    Whether or not they provide mammograms is not the issue in my opinion. If women want to use PP for health care, let them. I just don’t think I need to pay for it with my tax dollars. Blue Cross provides mammograms too, but we don’t send them kabillions in tax dollars.

    If women need health care assistance, we have medicaid, we don’t need to support one member of the health care industry (using the term loosely here regarding PP) and have the rest operate on the open market with Medicaid as one of it’s client insurance companies.

  • Hosfordrut M.

    Planned Parenthood and their advanced registered nurse practitioners offer clinical breast exams (some, free of charge) and provide patients clinical referrals for specialized services such as mammograms. For example, Ms. Leslie McMichael of Wellington, Florida relied on Planned Parenthood to arrange her mammogram that led to her disgnosis of ductal breast cancer. In this instance, though Planned Parenthood of Boca Raton doesn’t conduct the mammogram themselves, their patients do “rely on Planned Parenthood for [i.e. to receive] mammograms.”

    Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 26 September 2012 (http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-09-26/news/fl-wf-breastexam-0926-20120926_1_offer-free-breast-breast-cancer-clinical-breast )

  • stan ingram

    With more than 20 birth control options, some that are effective for 3yrs, why is Planned Parenthood or Abortion an issue at all?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.gardyszewski Joseph Michael Gardyszewski

    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_Services.pdf I am not decided so I check facts myself rather then take the word of those who HAVE decided. I am not saying I support PP as I do not. The breast exams are not enough to compensate for the rest. I am just pointing out that Obama didn’t “lie”

  • Marilyn Burns

    It is not bad enough that we get accused of PMS if we get exhuberant about an issue, no pun intended, now they say we vote with our gynecological parts. Is that all we are to the democrats.

  • imainfidel

    no they don’t provide mammograms they just provide the abortions that will increase your risk of getting breast cancer, honest mistake.

  • http://twitter.com/crow2daddy herbert #UOMBJ

    cut their funding I’ll give out free breast exams halla

    • Hosfordrut M.

      Classy, Mr. Long.

  • http://twitter.com/crow2daddy herbert #UOMBJ

    another liberal front org. that feeds off our system claiming to help people when their actually riddled with fraud HUGE WASTE TAXPAYER MONEY

  • fovillian

    Millions of women across the country do indeed rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms, otherwise they couldn’t afford them!


  • http://www.facebook.com/jlehr2 Jil Blackmon Lima Lehr

    I called 3 centers. No Mammograms. WHAT???? He lied??