Susan B. Anthony List, the pro-life women's political action committee, has launched a new web ad (see below) countering the false statements made by President Obama and Vice President Biden in their recent debates with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, respectively, as well as claims made during their stump speeches (see LifeNews.com). It specifically takes aim at two misleading claims on major issues: That Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry's biggest company, provides mammograms but does not provide abortions; and, contrary to all fact, that religious institutions (including schools, hospitals and charities) are not required to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under the new HHS mandate. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List, told LifeNews.com:
With Obamacare and the HHS mandate, President Obama has launched an unprecedented attack on freedom of religion and the rights of conscience. President Obama knows this — and in an effort to distract the media and grassroots, he and his team have resorted to using scare tactics with women's health.
Planned Parenthood's own annual report reveals that it is the largest abortion provider in the nation — it does not provide comprehensive, whole woman’s health care, including mammograms. The HHS mandate forces religious institutions and Americans of faith and conscience to violate their beliefs and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs. Women want and deserve leaders that care about access to comprehensive, whole woman care, not those who promote only abortion-centered institutions and policies.
The video's claims are thoroughly documented. Particularly stinging is a letter by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that documents vice president's false assertions about the HHS mandate in his debate with Representative Ryan. Both candidates are Catholic and the vice president's claims were part of his reply to a question about how his faith shapes his public policy. The Bishhops' October 12 letter stated, in part:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
The quoted line in the excerpt of the Bishops' letter came directly from the vice president's debate statement. President Obama seems to take great pride in his "compromise" on the HHS mandate, as he believes he changed the originally drafted version adequately to resolve the Catholic Church's objections. Of course, he didn't consult the Bishops, which led us to wonder how he reached a compromise without negotiating with those with whom he disagreed. (That's got to be difficult, even for the chosen one.) As the Bishops note, the federal government will define what qualifies as a religious institution, thereby carving out only the slimmest of exemptions to the mandate.
The Washington Post fact check column recently awarded President Obama three "Pinocchios" for repeatedly saying that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, including on The Tonight Show. The Post article also details how much money Planned Parenthood makes from the different services it provides. Want to guess where it makes almost all of its money? A recent study by financial analyst Keith Riler pointed out that abortion is 125 to 165 times more profitable than mammography, which is why Planned Parenthood would never provide them even if it could. During fiscal year 2009-2010, Planned Parenthood reported more than $1 billion dollars in net assets, yet still receives taxpayer funding.
Get the facts, Jack! The president and vice president repeatedly misrepresent Planned Parenthood as something other than a virtually exclusive abortion-only provider despite the documented facts.