Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood caught in a lie to Congress

Yesterday was a tough day for Planned Parenthood’s chief executive officer Cecile Richards (daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards).  In addition to a grilling on the shocking videos (she denied everything – it was all “doctored,” even though complete unedited versions of the tapes are available), her lavish half-million-dollar-plus salary, her first-class travel and parties, and PP’s $127-million “surplus” (don’t call it a profit, because PP is a non-profit, dontcha know), she managed to get herself caught in a lie. 

The organization stoutly maintains that only 3% of its services constitute abortions, as if abortion were a minor sideline.  However, a whopping 86% of non-governmental revenues are derived from abortion, as Rep. Lummis’s questioning developed.  But the lie came when Richards admitted under questioning that PP does not provide mammograms and denied that it had ever claimed it does.  Shoshana Weissman of the Weekly Standard has the goods.

Cecile Richards, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on PPFA's use of taxpayer funding. During testimony, she falsely asserted that, "we've never stated that we did" provide mammograms. 

"An affiliate isn't a health center. I think I spoke earlier, we do not have mammogram machines at our health centers. And we've never stated that we did. As was mentioned earlier, for women who who go for a breast exam, if you need a mammogram, your [sic] referred to a radiological clinic."

 

Oops! Weissman posts this video from 2011 on CNN, when Richards herself claimed that "millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms ..."

Does anyone think she will be held to account for this lie?

Yesterday was a tough day for Planned Parenthood’s chief executive officer Cecile Richards (daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards).  In addition to a grilling on the shocking videos (she denied everything – it was all “doctored,” even though complete unedited versions of the tapes are available), her lavish half-million-dollar-plus salary, her first-class travel and parties, and PP’s $127-million “surplus” (don’t call it a profit, because PP is a non-profit, dontcha know), she managed to get herself caught in a lie. 

The organization stoutly maintains that only 3% of its services constitute abortions, as if abortion were a minor sideline.  However, a whopping 86% of non-governmental revenues are derived from abortion, as Rep. Lummis’s questioning developed.  But the lie came when Richards admitted under questioning that PP does not provide mammograms and denied that it had ever claimed it does.  Shoshana Weissman of the Weekly Standard has the goods.

Cecile Richards, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on PPFA's use of taxpayer funding. During testimony, she falsely asserted that, "we've never stated that we did" provide mammograms. 

"An affiliate isn't a health center. I think I spoke earlier, we do not have mammogram machines at our health centers. And we've never stated that we did. As was mentioned earlier, for women who who go for a breast exam, if you need a mammogram, your [sic] referred to a radiological clinic."

 

Oops! Weissman posts this video from 2011 on CNN, when Richards herself claimed that "millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms ..."

Does anyone think she will be held to account for this lie?