During last night’s presidential debate, Twitchy called out President Lady Parts on his claim that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. Even Politifact will tell you that’s not true. But as they say, when you’re dealing with a serious medical condition, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion.
Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek made the phone calls last year in a futile search of a Planned Parenthood location which provides mammograms, but with President Obama himself reviving this claim that refuses to die in front of a television audience of nearly 70 million, Eliana Johnson made some calls today on behalf of National Review. And guess what:
To test the president’s statement in the real world, I called several Planned Parenthood offices in the New York City area today to ask about scheduling a mammogram. “We actually don’t offer that here,” one office told me. “You might want to call 311, they actually have lists of places you could go to.” When I asked, “You don’t provide them like the president said?,” I was told “No.”
Another office told me the following: “We don’t do mammograms, but I could definitely give you other places you could call.” When I mentioned the president’s statement, the woman said, “I’m not even sure because we’ve never offered mammograms.” Of the five offices I called, only the Hempstead, N.Y., location said it offered the service — on Fridays and not by an in-house technician.
Candy Crowley, would you like to fact-check the president on this one? Too late? Darn.
So when the president told the nation that “millions of women all across the country … rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms,” what are they getting for our money?