Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Fact-checking claims about Planned Parenthood

Jon Stewart reviews a recent PolitiFact ruling on Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Planned Parenthood, a group that gets federal money to provide health services, has been a focal point of the Washington debate for several months.

Even though Planned Parenthood cannot use that money to provide abortions, Republicans passed an amendment in the House in February that would block all federal funding to the group. Republicans contend that any support for Planned Parenthood can provide indirect support for abortions.

That amendment, which did not have sufficient support to pass the Senate, was a key issue in last week's budget debate that nearly led to a government shutdown. It was not included in the agreement announced Friday night.

We have fact-checked several claims about Planned Parenthood:

On Friday, we checked Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that abortion services account for 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's services. We rated that False.

PolitiFact Georgia last week checked a claim by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain that Planned Parenthood’s early objective was to "help kill black babies before they came into the world." We rated that Pants on Fire.

We checked a claim by the conservative site World Net Daily that  a Government Accountability Office report said the Planned Parenthood Federation of America cannot find $1.3 billion given to it by the federal government from 2002 through 2008. We rated that Pants on Fire.