As the United States government creeped closer to shutting down on Friday
because far-right-wing-nuts don't like abortion, Senator Jon Kyl took to the Senate floor to give a less-than-"factual statement" about the amount of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood, a federally funded organization that's been known to end a pregnancy or two.
"Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don't have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does," the senator crowed.
As Politifact is quick to point out, only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are "abortion related."
According to the organization, it breaks down like this:
Contraception (including reversible contraception, emergency contraception, vasectomies and tubal sterilizations): 4,009,549 services
Sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment: 3,955,916 services
Cancer screening and prevention: 1,830,811 services
Other women's health services (including pregnancy tests and prenatal care): 1,178,369 services
Abortions: 332,278 procedures
Miscellaneous (including primary care and adoption referrals): 76,977
Total services: 11,383,900
So how does the senator respond after getting called out for being so clearly full of shit? Check it out below:
The senator's remark "was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions," Kyl's staff says in a statement.
Click here to watch Stephen Colbert have a ball with Kyl's spewing of imaginary statistics and his regard for "factual statements."
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So who would come to the defense of a three-term U.S. Senator who flat-out lied on the floor of the Senate? Life News, the "pro-life news source," that's who. But it omitted some minor (major) details.
In its defense of Kyl, Life News quotes the senator's claims about the amount of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. It then quotes Kyl's office as saying his comments were to "illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions."
Life News fails to include Kyl's insistence that his claim that 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is perform abortions "was not intended to be a factual statement."
Perhaps next time Senator Kyl wants to blatantly lie on the floor of the U.S. Senate, he'll preface his comments with "[this is] not intended to be a factual statement" -- or, better yet: I'm talking out of my ass right now...