Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding: Myths And Realities

No, it’s not a major provider of crucial health services.

Several key falsehoods have long plagued our public debates about abortion, particularly with regard to Planned Parenthood, the U.S.’s largest abortion provider. A few of those misrepresentations — especially the fiction that Planned Parenthood provides essential, quality care to American women — are front and center in an ongoing argument over the GOP’s health-care-reform efforts.

Unfortunately, it is more than just hardcore abortion activists who buy into skewed rhetoric about women’s health care. Indeed, a couple of Republican senators have consistently been proponents of such rhetoric, to the extent that they’re now willing to go to bat for Planned Parenthood in Congress under cover of the false claim that the group can easily separate its abortion business from its provision of other, supposedly essential health-care services. As the Senate continues to debate its bill, moderate senators Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) plan to introduce an amendment that would strip the bill of its provision to defund Planned Parenthood.

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