Does Planned Parenthood provide prenatal care and mammograms to women?

How many abortions does Planned Parenthood perform?
How many abortions does Planned Parenthood perform?


A new video put out by Live Action takes a look at the claim that Democrats make that Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care to pregnant women.

But that’s not all – what about the claim made by Democrats that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms to women?

Life Site News explains the myth and the reality.


The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities.

The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms.

“There are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings,” the president had said, repeating a claim he had made earlier this summer in an interview with Glamour magazine.

But Obama isn’t the only one.

The notion that Planned Parenthood offers mammograms is one of the most enduring myths about the abortion giant. The claim is regularly trotted out by pro-abortion politicians eager to defend taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, but wary of invoking its controversial status as the country’s leading provider of abortions.

Not only does Planned Parenthood not provide mammograms, but the abortions they perform have been linked to the epidemic of breast cancer that is afflicting women today.

What about the claim that only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is doing abortions?


Practically every defender of the organization, fighting to preserve its federal funding, reverts to the 3 percent figure. How could you possibly, they ask, defund a group that devotes itself overwhelmingly to uncontroversial procedures and services for women?

[…]The 3 percent factoid is crafted to obscure the reality of Planned Parenthood’s business. The group performs about 330,000 abortions a year, or roughly 30 percent of all the abortions in the country. By its own accounting in its 2013–2014 annual report, it provides about as many abortions as Pap tests (380,000). The group does more breast exams and provides more breast-care services (490,000), but not by that much.

The 3 percent figure is derived by counting abortion as just another service like much less consequential services. So abortion is considered a service no different than a pregnancy test (1.1 million), even though a box with two pregnancy tests can be procured from the local drugstore for less than $10.

By Planned Parenthood’s math, a woman who gets an abortion but also a pregnancy test, an STD test, and some contraceptives has received four services, and only 25 percent of them are abortion. This is a little like performing an abortion and giving a woman an aspirin, and saying only half of what you do is abortion.

Such cracked reasoning could be used to obscure the purpose of any organization. The sponsors of the New York City Marathon could count each small cup of water they hand out (some 2 million cups, compared with 45,000 runners) and say they are mainly in the hydration business. Or Major League Baseball teams could say that they sell about 20 million hot dogs and play 2,430 games in a season, so baseball is only .012 percent of what they do.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood want to use its health services as leverage to preserve its abortions, as if you can’t get one without the other. Of course, this is nonsense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides free or low-cost breast- and cervical-cancer screenings — without aborting babies. State health departments provide free cancer screenings — without aborting babies. Community health centers provide a range of medical services — without aborting babies.

I think it’s a good idea to be able to respond to Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric. These are the people who kill babies, and we have to be able to respond to their false claims. When a majority of people learn the truth about the baby killing business, it will stop.

7 thoughts on “Does Planned Parenthood provide prenatal care and mammograms to women?”

  1. More odd you find people that support abortion yet cry over kill shelters when there are too many dogs or cats.
    I love animals but know human life is worth far more than an animal
    People that can be reasoned with I will point out facts like this. But if they will not agree that even as a minimum outside of even a Christian argument that a fetus is at least equal to an animal in value of won’t waste a moment talking to a person on the topic


  2. Its high time the United States outlaws the entire practice of abortion. Plainly and simply it is killing another human being. Modern abortion is nothing more than a continuation of human sacrifice, but todays modern gods are “freedom” and “choice”. You used your freedom to get pregnant, you made your choice when you laid on your back. Use your freedom to make better choices and don’t hoist your consequences on an unborn baby. Disgusting.


  3. Even as laws went. It was not illegal in many countries to get an abortion if there were health or mental issues involved. So all the excuses of the woman dying etc are merely an excuse for abortion as a contraceptive choice


  4. I only have a few separate thoughts here:

    #1. Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood employee, had the best response to Obama, as you mentioned — the “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day”. PP was flooded with calls, only to ‘discover’ that PP did not in fact offer mammograms. They blasted it all over twitter and social media, but it has largely been ignored by mainstream media/CNN/etc. [Doesn’t fit The Agenda.]

    #2. It is very suspicious math to count by services as you mentioned.

    Much like saying “Ruth’s Chris is not a steakhouse because most of the menu items, when counted, including cocktails, seafood items, desserts, salads, sides, etc. do not contain steak” or “my server refilled my water more times than my server handed me a steak entree.”

    #3. I had the honor of getting to know John Ensor (author “Answering the Call” and “Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life” and current executive director of PassionLife).

    John Ensor has told countless stories affirming Robert What?’s statement: “Easy abortion devalues all human life, not just the lives of the aborted babies.”

    Some links about John:

    In summary, Ensor made the bold statement that when people choose life instead of death / terminating life / the supposed “easy way out”, something transformative occurs. Men grow up and instead of merely sperm donors, they embrace their role as father and protector and provider. They learn to love.

    The community of faith (read: the Christian church) has rallied around those who have had needs. There is one local area senior pastor who doesn’t live in an upscale neighborhood. He lives in a lower-class town (income per capital is just above $26k). He has made it very clear that if anyone is having difficulty raising a child or has concerns economically, his family would happy provide a loving home. When I had him as a professor for denominational standards (Spring 1998), he had already adopted 16 children. About ten years later, the total number had doubled to 32. Sure, the family hasn’t had luxury vacations and they have older cars — but people around them have seen their integrity and their dedication. Family members have bought them new televisions or a brother who was a car dealer gave them a new car.

    This pastor has affirmed this message: it is about your values. He and his wife value life. Therefore, they made it a priority to adopt.

    There are many great examples across the Christian church like the above.


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