On the House floor Wednesday night,
Rep. Michele Bachmann warned that the health insurance reform package
currently being debated by Congress would set up “sex clinics” in
schools where students “taken away” to have abortions.
Bachmann’s information seems to have been gleaned from right-wing media outlets that earlier this year Politifact ruled as lies.
“We see no language in the three main versions of the bill that
would allow school-based clinics, which have a long history of
providing basic health services to underprivileged students, to provide
abortions,” the site wrote. “Nor would the clinics even be new — they have been around for three decades. So we rate the claim Pants on Fire!”
Further, as The Hill notes, any clinics established by the bill would have to follow state and local laws regarding parental consent.
Video and transcript below:
But parents are going to excluded from Planned
Parenthood as they write these clinics because the bill orders that
these clinics protect patient privacy and student records. What does
that mean? It means that parents will never know what kind of counsel
and treatment that their children are receiving. And as a matter of
fact, the bill goes on to say what’s going to go on — comprehensive
primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical
conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care — is that
abortion? Does that mean that someone’s 13 year-old daughter could walk
into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the
local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back
and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the