When Democratic lawmakers or other supporters assert that Planned Parenthood “provides” mammograms, this is highly misleading language because it could be interpreted to mean that the group directly administers the X-rays. The group does not “provide” mammograms. Rather, the situation is similar to other clinics where patients are referred to a licensed facility that can provide biopsies, X-rays or other specialized services. It is slightly more accurate to say that women have “access” to mammograms via Planned Parenthood, though it’s still slippery language.

We uphold the rating we gave to the president in 2012, and award Three Pinocchios to Planned Parenthood supporters’ continued use of misleading language to suggest that it directly administers mammograms. In fact, supporters should drop this talking point, given that less than 3 percent of Planned Parenthood breast exams result in a referral for a mammogram and other specialized services.

For more fact-checks relating to the Planned Parenthood controversy: 

Fact Checker: The stale claim that ‘one in three’ women will have an abortion by age 45

Fact Checker: Harry Reid’s incorrect claim that 30 percent of women rely on Planned Parenthood for health care

Even if every Planned Parenthood patient had no other health care options, the group would have seen about 2 percent of women, not 30 percent.  In this case, he really got it wrong.  We rate the statement Pants on Fire.

Fact Checker: Setting the record straight on measuring fetal age and the ’20-week abortion’




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