Following Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) assertion, politely called a “misstatement" by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, that abortions are “well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does," Richards stated that "no federal funds pay for abortion either at Planned Parenthood or any hospital in America, and 97% of Planned Parenthood services are basic preventive care.” She expressed incredulity at the Republicans’ recent threat to shut down the government over funding such care:
Planned Parenthood, which accounts for .0083% of the federal budget, provides a chart showing what it does; abortion services account for just 3% of its activities. Planned Parenthood's defunding would harm poor people who need cancer and STD screenings and contraception:
Lawrence O’Donnell comments on Sen. Kyl’s “misstatement” and provides powerful testimony about one unemployed woman’s critical need for Planned Parenthood's services–and the dire consequences of defunding:
Visit Planned Parenthood to find out more about this valuable health care provider currently under assault.