When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made an honest mistake tweeting out that Planned Parenthood performed millions of mammograms, it was clearly an over-simplification.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 7, 2017
But then the religious right got their panties in a bunch which then caused the normally reliable Washington Post to “fact check” the claim.
By ignoring what Schumer meant, and jumping on his exact verbiage the Post, they wrote:
Mammograms have come to symbolize whether Planned Parenthood truly is a health-care organization, as supporters say, or mainly an abortion provider that masquerades as a reproductive health organization, as opponents say. Supporters of Planned Parenthood point to mammograms to illustrate the organization’s role in cancer screening and prevention for women.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood often use slippery language to use this talking point. We previously gave Three Pinocchios to claims that Planned Parenthood “provides” mammograms and other types of care for “millions of women.” In light of Schumer’s tweet, we reviewed the facts again.
The ridiculous part of this is that the Post knows exactly what Schumer meant, because they say this:
Supporters like Schumer argue that pulling federal funding — the majority of which is through Medicaid reimbursements for low-income women — means fewer women would use Planned Parenthood for family planning or reproductive care. As a result, fewer women would get free or low-cost breast exams, which could lead to mammography referrals.
Even with that said, they saddle Schumer with the dreaded 3 Pinocchios.