October 2, 2015

THOUGH PROVIDING THEM WOULD BE ANOTHER REASON TO DEFUND THEM:

Fact Checker : The repeated, misleading claim that Planned Parenthood 'provides' mammograms (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, October 2, 2015, Washington Post)


Mammograms have come to symbolize whether Planned Parenthood is a health-care organization that does cancer screenings, as supporters say -- or a front for an organization that is mainly an abortion provider masquerading as a reproductive health organization, as opponents say. Democrats point to mammograms, as an example of a service that women can have access to via Planned Parenthood. Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood show that since it doesn't offer mammography X-rays, federal funding should be diverted to federally qualified health-care clinics that actually do.

Planned Parenthood's annual report shows it gave 487,029 breast exam services for women in 2013. This is a clinical breast exam, checking for changes or lumps in women's breasts. If the doctor finds something abnormal or worth checking out, the patient is referred for a mammogram, which requires X-rays given at a licensed radiology facility. Planned Parenthood does administer Pap tests and HPV tests, both of which screen for cervical cancer.

Richards said during the hearing that Planned Parenthood clinics do not have mammogram machines. The Federal Drug Administration's list, updated weekly, of certified mammography facilities does not list any Planned Parenthood clinics. Some Planned Parenthood affiliates host free mammography mobile vans for low-income and uninsured women.

Despite the ongoing emphasis on Planned Parenthood's mammogram referrals, this service does not reflect the core clients of the organization -- certainly not clients in the reproductive age or have the highest rate of first-time abortions.

Posted by at October 2, 2015 5:23 PM
  

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