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Planned Parenthood Confirms: They Don’t Do Mammograms

Planned Parenthood Confirms: They Don’t Do Mammograms

Slaying the myth

Tuesday, Planned Parenthood President Cecil Richards testified before a Congress.

During the five-hour-long hearing, Congresswoman Mia Love asked Richards how many mammogram machines Planned Parenthood has at their disposal. Contrary to the organization’s long-standing claims, Richards admitted they have none.

Big deal, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms, rights? Perhaps, except that the federally subsidized organization has long claimed a crucial cornerstone of the women’s health care services they provide include mammograms.

In every instance where “federal budget cuts” or “defunding” are used in conjunction with “Planned Parenthood,” the organization rallies the troops and holds a full court public relations campaign to talk about the healthcare services they provide; demagoguing Republicans and pro-life advocates for wanting to prevent access to women’s health care.

The women’s healthcare services Planned Parenthood offer (minus the baby killing), are services most, if not all General Practitioners provide. They’re also (again, minus the baby killing), requisite under Obamacare.

To illustrate the minimal healthcare offerings of Planned Parenthood, a graphic:

86% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from abortions, another tidbit unearthed in Tuesday’s hearings. Not helping their give us ALL the tax money case was the revelation that Planned Parenthood raised $127 million over their expenditures last year. When asked how the $127 million was spent, Richards stammered, began listing expenses until she was corrected, and struggled as she attempted to explain how the organization spent their multi-million-dollar overage.

Outside of abortions, Planned Parenthood’s primary function is filtering money to and from Democratic organizations, giving in excess of $574,000 to candidates seeking federal office alone.

Planned Parenthood does not provide unique or special healthcare services like mammograms, they profit from killing babies and harvesting their brains, tell me again — why are we paying for this?

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One thing that I think that should be done is to put pressure on corporate sponsors and partners like the Susan B. Komen Foundation to stop funding PP. That may be more effective instead of hoping and wishing that those weasels in the Congress do the right things.

I certainly won’t be supporting these corporate sponsors to PP.

    Good point. Not all of PP’s funding comes from the They have plenty of other corporate and non-profit benefactors as well, including the Girl Scouts of America. (Since learning that, I’ve completely lost my taste for Thin Mints).

    Follow and choke off all the money trails.

    peg_c in reply to natdj. | September 30, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I’ve told everyone I know never to donate to Komen (or buy anything with the Komen label or tag, such as pink clothing) unless and until they completely get out of the abortion funding business.

    I hope everyone knows by now that abortion INCREASES the chances of breast cancer!! Komen is 2-faced and a fraud.

    buckeyeminuteman in reply to natdj. | September 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    You pay for cable/satellite TV, they pay the NFL, who pays Nike to make pink gloves/cleats/towels/mouthguards/yada-yada-yada who pays Komen who pays Planned Butcherhood. Unless you become Amish its literally impossible to cut off all your money from this death cult.

And yet, the pro-abortion (anti-life) cause will still spew the “Support for defunding Planned Parenthood equals opposition to women’s basic health care” line, and the MSM will be happy to repeat it.

A lie told often enough….

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Archer. | September 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Any woman can get basic women’s health care at a community hospital or clinic. For most of them, with Medicaid, it’s free of charge. If they feel like they can wait, they know no one can refuse them at the ER.

      I live in a town of about 3,000 and there are at least three clinics with the words Women’s Health in their titles. All PP does here in town is provide pregnancy tests and condoms. They provide a referral to the baby-butcher shop when they can though.

        jayjerome66 in reply to forksdad. | October 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        If abortion is your beef, and they don’t do abortions at that PP clinic, What is it exactly you’re bitching about it”

        Are you suggesting if women ask Planned Parenthood where they can get an abortion in your town, you want PP employees to make the zipper-the-lip gesture because YOU don’t like abortion?

nat dj Kommen did halt funding for PP two or three years ago. The PP zealots then trashed Kommen until they let their director go, and ended up giving them $3m. Kommen actually does great work for breast cancer but PP even demonstrated at their fund raiser races. PP is disgusting no matter which way you look at them.

    Progressives are fanatical about their vile belief system. Until conservatives are made to care enough to fight them in the trenches, we will continue to lose the culture wars.

I went to PP for years for annual exams and birth control. At one point I was considering trying to get pregnant and was informed they don’t do any prenatal care and would have to refer me out. WTF.

    That’s because despite their name, PP is not about planning parenthood. It’s about preventing and/or ending it.

    It’s the same “creative nomenclature” that gives us the “Democratic Republic of North Korea”, which is, of course, neither democratic nor a republic.

    It’s a simple formula: just base the name of your controversial organization on a reasonable idea that rational people wouldn’t oppose, even if you do.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to Archer. | September 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      “Planned Parenthood” is one of the cruelest euphemisms in American history.

      jayjerome66 in reply to Archer. | October 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      You need a nomenclature history lesson.

      Planned Parenthood was named in the early 1940s.

      It’s primary function then was as a birth-control clinic. This at a time when birth control was considered immoral by large numbers of Americans (those Catholics, at it again), and by other conservative Christian sects who continued to fight to keep contraceptives and birth control literature illegal in several states, under language originally contained in the Federal Comstock Law, which equated contraceptives with obscene books and photos and films.

      The Planned Parenthood name was an alternative to “Unplanned” Parenthood – woman becoming pregnant when they didn’t want to be pregnant. Birth control clinics like Planned Parenthood helped prevent un-planned pregnancies – you got pregnant according to plan, not by accident, but on purpose.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to reusdefensor. | September 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    So did I, many, many years ago. For annual Pap and BC. When I got married, I then started going to a regular doctor. The waiting room there looked just like the exam room. Grey. Ash color. Black. You could tell they are not the kind of people who like to welcome life. Lots of security cameras and a guard, of course. You might as well be at some Stasi office in East Berlin. Or the Death Star.

    And I can tell y’all for a fact, there wasn’t a single mammogram machine in sight.

    Years later, the Duke and I were at the waiting room for my OB, for my pregnancy checkup. The seats were all nice, the lights were welcoming. There were plants and color all over the place. The place screamed Life! We remarked on our way back home that the difference between the OB office and PP was like night and day.

      jayjerome66 in reply to theduchessofkitty. | October 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      “And I can tell y’all for a fact, there wasn’t a single mammogram machine in sight.”

      Why would there be? Mammograms are for cancer screening. They don’t have anything to do with birth control, or the other ailments sexual active clients seek help for at Planned Parenthood clinics.

      And how old were you when you visited the PP clinic? Were you younger then 40? Because mammograms are not usually suggested for younger sexually active woman, who make up the large majority of PP clients.

      In most of the cities where PP has active clinics, mammogram screenings are primarily done at hospitals, or special radiology clinics. Here in L.A. few self-practicing gynecologists do in-office mammograms: they send patients to
      clinics set up with the expensive machines, operated by specialist technicians.

I, a strong advocate of women’s health, have been providing free digital mammary evaluations ever since I was in high school and I have never asked the federal government for any funding.

$127 million is a whole lot more than $574,000.

I understand this article to say that PP took in $127M over and above its expenses. That means about 126.5M is unaccounted for.

Also, I don’t get the “86% of revenue comes from abortions” part.

The Federal government contributes half a billion to PP. I am linking an NPR article, because I don’t want someone pretending the figures are cooked by right-wingers.

According to this article, “other revenue” (what is this? I don’t know) is nearly $80 million

The article claims that “abortion services” are only 3% of their budget, and so I don’t know how that squares with the 86% of revenue.

Finally, there is a gaping hole in PP’s services: where to they account for referrals to adopt?

If they are accounting for referrals to other providers as part of their budget, as is the case with “cancer screenings,” and if the name of the organization is “planned Parenthood,” why don’t they have adoption services listed?

    peg_c in reply to Valerie. | September 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Besides theft by the bosses at PP, I would guess huge sums go from the fed. gummint straight to the lying, thieving, America-hating Democrat party. Money-laundering is their #1 function.

    Sammy Finkelman in reply to Valerie. | September 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    The article claims that “abortion services” are only 3% of their budget, and so I don’t know how that squares with the 86% of revenue.

    3% of their services.

    Every little thing they do is a “service”

    I think they count 4 things that they do to hand out birth control pills.

    Abortion is probably 86% of their revenue (their gross receipts)

    Rogel Dog listed an example.

Valerie I would assume that out of that sweet $127m PP is a very giving organization. Most definitely they are giving to their politicians, PACs and like minded SJW organizations within their lefty world. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were giving to NPR. How else do you think that the politicians are supporting them so much to the detriment of their careers? It is just another example of the Political Machine.

Valerie, revenue is money actually taken in for services, like abortions or mammograms … oops or contraceptives etc … Funding from the government or charitable contributions are not considered revenue.

The stats and terminology in that NPR report are very suspect. Abortion services seems to not be actually abortion services. What does that mean, do they mean performing abortions or are services something related to preparation, post procedure actions, negotiating for parts sales? I’d like to see an audit with words that mean what they are of this organization. Maybe abortions are under conception since reusdefensor pointed out that they are not in the business of helping women bring children into this world.

“…tell me again — why are we paying for this? ”

For the same reason we pay for damn near everything, votes and cash for the democrats.

    jayjerome66 in reply to Barry. | October 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm


    Tax dollars, except in rare instances of abortion to save the mother’s life or pregnancies the result of rape, are not allowed for abortion, under law.


    The Federal money that goes to PP are Medicade pay backs, for mostly poor American women who qualify for the services and procedures, under law. Planned Parenthood doesn’t get paid (fees determined by the State) unless patients show up at their clinics, asking to be treated, and then PP bills the government for payment.

I’ve actually been trying to track down a firm number for the percentage of revenue that abortion brings PP. They really tout the 3% number—that is all over articles and Facebook—but that refers to simply numerically counting every single act they perform. A patient is seen; given a manual breast exam; given a pelvic exam; given a Pap smear; given a test for STD; and given a birth control prescription; given condoms; given some counseling on avoiding STDs: that’s counted as 9 procedures. If that patient also got an abortion, they would say that’s simply a 10th procedure. Meanwhile, that abortion would cost many hundreds of dollars and would obviously constitute a potentially large amount of revenue. I could not believe it when the representative cut Richards off when someone was FINALLY asking the Big Question about how much money abortions bring into PP, as opposed to how many of it’s daily procedures are abortions. I got absolutely toasted on Facebook when I tried to push back against the 3% meme but didn’t have a firm revenue figure with which to counter it.

    jayjerome66 in reply to RigelDog. | October 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Revenue, Smevenue – it’s the amount of profit PP gets from the abortion services.
    Which, considering what PP charges for abortion, isn’t much.

    PP is generally at the low end for abortion charges, compared to private doctors and other abortion providers. and abortions are expensive for the clinics too, compared to other procedures and products they dispense. I doubt Abortions earn a higher profit margin than other services they provide.

I had a hard time wrapping my brain around her salary, something like $520,000? SMH. I suppose it is a matter of public record somewhere. Non-profits must be big business.

If the mafia crime families were smart, they’d follow PP’s model and make sure they have a pretty face to deftly deflect the dark malice they deploy to rake in profits.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mark30339. | September 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Oh, NO! Heavens forfend! NOT “profits”!

    Revenues in excess of expenses. See, THESE are “non-profits”. This makes them “good” by definition, because profit = icky.

    Ergo, you can…and often DO…have the upper echelons of “non-profits” making VERY big money! BECAUSE they don’t want a lot of “revenues in excess of expenses” laying around, they spend like drunken sailors! IF drunken sailors were bent on buying political and media influence.

    See, it’s a whole different…very bent…world away from an outfit that has a profit motive.

With a non-profit, you aren’t prevented from making a profit, you are regulated on how you spend that profit. Salaries is a good place to spend the overage, as is marketing (parties, conventions, ads, etc.). The best place to steer extra money is back to the Democrat Party that makes your existence possible. It’s the same game played by public unions – when in power the Dems will fund you, giving you some power, and a share of your profits go right back to the Democrat campaign coffers. To preserve the scam, the DEmocrats will shield you from prosecution and from too close scrutiny by the IRS on how you move that extra money around.

On the Planned Parenthood deceptions, there are quite a few videos to share disputing PP’s claims.


Speaking as 1 of 3 adopted children, I say #AdoptionNotAbortion

… don’t want a baby? YOUR CHOICE: Choose a condom or other birth control

… pregnant by accident? Choose LIFE

Few women would be worried about whether Planned Parenthood performs mammograms if they knew that, contrary to the official narrative (which is based on medical business-fabricated pro-mammogram “scientific” data), there is marginal, if any, reliable evidence that mammography reduces mortality from breast cancer in a significant way in any age bracket but a lot of solid evidence shows the procedure does provide more serious harm than serious benefit (read: Rolf Hefti’s ‘The Mammogram Myth’ – see outline at – and Peter Gotzsche’s ‘Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy’).

IF women (and men) at large were to examine the mammogram data above and beyond the information of the mammogram business cartel (eg American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Komen), they’d also find that it is almost exclusively the big profiteers of the test (eg radiologists, oncologists, medical trade associations, breast cancer “charities” etc) who promote the mass use of the test and that most pro-mammogram “research” is conducted by people with massive vested interests tied to the mammogram industry.

Most women are fooled by the misleading medical mantra that mammograms save lives simply because the public has been fed (“educated” or rather brainwashed) with a very one-sided biased pro-mammogram set of information circulated by the big business of mainstream medicine.

    jayjerome66 in reply to SiRE. | October 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Plus mammograms are seldom recommended for woman under 40 years of age. Planned Parenthood’s clients are in a younger child-bearing age. So why would PP waste resources for a procedure that would seldom be performed, and have to hire expensive techs to be on premise to service those few clients?

    The mammograms are a red-herring.

One more observation concerning the distorted, propagandistic FQHC chart Kemberlee used to give the false impression Planned Parenthood provides skimpy service.

In order to receive an FQHC charter and qualify for PHS 330 grant funding they have to serve medically under-served populations, in medically underserved areas. Which is why they must provide all or most of the services listed on the chart.

Planned Parenthood’s purpose is more focused on birth control and on sexually active patients, and sexually transmitted diseases and ailments. Comparing the services PP provides against the services an FQHC is required to provide is like insinuating an Optometry Clinic offers inadequate services compared to a full service Hospital.

That’s false propagandistic BS.