FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2011
CONTACT: Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or [email protected]
NEW VIDEO DEBUNKS PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S CLAIMS TO PROVIDE MAMMOGRAM SERVICES
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, a newly-released Live Action video revealed a series of undercover phone calls showing that, despite Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ claims, the organization does not provide mammograms for women. In the video, an undercover caller inquires about receiving a mammogram screening at 30 different Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states and every clinic tells her she will have to go elsewhere, with many admitting that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide the service.
“Planned Parenthood’s damage control efforts are getting sloppy,” said Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “With increasing pressure from both social and fiscal conservatives to eliminate federal funding to an organization that has shown a brazen willingness to break federal law, Planned Parenthood is scrambling to protect its lifeblood – taxpayer funding. This deception is the latest evidence in a mounting case against Planned Parenthood, though the jury – taxpayers – has already spoken. Defunding Planned Parenthood in the continuing resolution is a non-negotiable.”
“Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion business, but Planned Parenthood and its allies will say almost anything to try and cover up that fact and preserve its taxpayer funding,” said Live Action President Lila Rose. “It’s not surprising that an organization found concealing statutory rape and helping child sex traffickers would misrepresent its own services so brazenly, playing on women’s fears in order to protect their tax dollars.”
The video, available here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq0kBkUZbvQ), was released two days after the Susan B. Anthony List Educational Fund teamed with American Values, Catholic Advocate and CatholicVote.org Education Fund to launch a $90,000 cable television ad campaign in the Washington, DC-area featuring testimony from former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson. The SBA List also launched a similar $100,000 radio campaign in the DC-area.
From March 7 – 11, the 13-district SBA List “Women Speak Out” bus tour also went head-to-head with a Planned Parenthood-sponsored bus tour in several districts across the country, thanking Members who voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution (CR) and targeting those who voted against it. The tour was a part of a larger $200,000 grassroots campaign including radio and television ads thanking Members for their votes to defund Planned Parenthood. Overall, the Expose Planned Parenthood grassroots effort to defund Planned Parenthood has drawn more than 1.2 million contacts to Congress through e-mails, phone calls and petitions.
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million during the 2010 midterm election cycle. Overall, the SBA List was involved in 90 races including 62 wins and 28 losses. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill; increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent; filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.
For further information, please contact Kerry Brown at (703) 470-1926 or [email protected].
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