Roundup: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics


Today’s roundup is all about representing — or misrepresenting, as all of our groups would claim.
Planned Parenthoods across the country are used to having their mission and
their record distorted, and Planned Parenthood in Fort Collins,
Colorado is no exception.  The group attempts to clear the record in a letter to the Coloradoan.

Contrary to what the author suggests, abortion represents a small
percentage of the services provided at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky
Mountain health centers. More than 93 percent of the care we provide is
preventative, and we’ve been a trusted provider of health care for
millions of women since 1916.

 

One in four women nationwide has visited
a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime. Closer to home, the
majority of our clients visit us for contraception, annual wellness
exams, life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing
and treatment, and treatment for basic reproductive health issues such
as urinary tract infections.

Our ads truly and accurately reflect our core services – preventative care.

Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin are having an even harder time, as the result of an "undercover" video done by Live Action, the latest Lila Rose project.  Pro-Life Wisconsin is claiming that the video shows doctors providing misinformation to women seeking abortions.  Planned Parenthood disagrees.

Teri Huyck, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said the video is questionable."The
fact is Planned Parenthood’s standard is to provide honest, medically
accurate information," she said in a statement. "That is what the
physician in this case did, in addition to accurately answering safety
questions from a patient that had indicated she wanted to terminate her
pregnancy."

But
pro-choice groups aren’t the only ones who have to fight
misrepresentation.  In Nebraska, two pro-life groups are claiming that
legislators are falsely stating they support expanding embryonic stem
cell research.

Regent
Jim McClurg cast the
decisive vote
based on misrepresentations of Legislative Bill
606 and the position of our groups in supporting it. McClurg declared
that he would not support a resolution to limit ESCR because LB 606
“created a platform” for expansion of ESCR supported by
all parties to the negotiation.

McClurg
was repeating a false mantra started by supporters of ESCR after the
2008 election produced a 5-3 majority on the Board of Regents against
ESCR. The mantra: Why should the regents bother with this when the
Legislature and the governor gave a green light to expansion of ESCR
in LB 606, and opponents of ESCR agreed to it?

What
nonsense. There’s no way our groups, the governor — who
got the sole endorsement of Nebraska Right to Life in 2006 —
and 30-some state senators on our side would have supported LB 606
if it had contained even a hint of support for expanded ESCR, never
mind a “platform.”

Finally,
a university in Michigan is being accused of misrepresenting itself as
a Catholic school because it is listing known pro-choice organizations
as resources for students wanting to learn more about women studies.  And this isn’t the first time the school has allegedly not adhered to its Catholic teachings.

This is not the first time that the University of Detroit Mercy has
supported initiatives that contradict the teaching of the Catholic
Church. In 2007, as LSN reported, UDM was linking to Planned Parenthood as a career option for students. Similarly, it linked to NARAL and NOW on its websites.

Mini roundup: People are talking climate change in Coppenhagen.  You can now offset your carbon footprint by paying for family planning in developing countries.  Or you can heat your house on the hot air caused by conservative talking heads going crazy over the idea of having less babies.

 

12/15

Anti-climate
change, anti-human
Washington
Post

US
AIDS initiative a double-edged sword

MiamiHerald.com

Pro-life
(dis)unity
RenewAmerica

Stupak
redux: political lies and manipulation

RenewAmerica

Watch
Out, You Bloodthirsty Liberals – I’m Voting
Pro-Life

Huffington Post

Abortion
survivor talks about devastation and healing
Catholic News Agency

Public
shouldn’t pay for
abortion
Helena Independent Record

Abortion and
reform
News
& Observer

Medicare
buy-in is latest hurdle for health bill
Boston Globe

Obama
Calls Democrats for Meeting as Pro-
Abortion Health Care Bill Implodes
LifeNews.com

Climate
change,
abortion and
the tip jar
Austin
American-Statesman

Planned
Parenthood is misrepresented
The Coloradoan

Catholic
stance is not confusing
Toronto Star

Gaps
found in young people’s sex knowledge

CNN

 

 

12/14

Obama,
Democrats waiting for Nelson on health care
The Associated Press

Lieberman
May Torpedo Health Care Reform
CBS News

Rwanda:
Promoting the Use of Condoms for
Family Planning and HIV-Reduction
AllAfrica.com

Delhi
beats Mumbai in
family planning: Survey
Times of India

Columnist
Proposes One-Child Policy to Battle Climate Change
FOXNews

Bush’s
Birth Control
Policies Fueled Africa’s Baby Boom

Huffington Post

NARAL
Pro-Choice
America Marks Progress in Omnibus Spending Bill
Common Dreams

The
Vengeful, Profane Centrism Of Joe Lieberman
Atlantic Online

Barack
Obama Gives Himself a B+ Grade,
Pro-Life Leader Says F More Accurate
LifeNews.com

Nebraska
Pro-Life
Groups: Don’t Distort Our Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stance
LifeNews.com

Pro-Abortion
Republican Group Backs Candidates in Delaware, New Hampshire
LifeNews.com

GUEST
COLUMN: Attleboro
pro-life protester demands hearing
Attleboro Sun Chronicle

Health
Care Progress Report: December 14
CBS News

Woman
Comatose Month After Botched
Abortion Gets $1.9 Million Settlement
LifeNews.com

New
report says permissive
abortion laws hazardous to mothers’ health
eTaiwan News

Senate
Panel Approves Obama’s Pro-
Abortion EEOC Nominee, Chai Feldblum
LifeNews.com

Your
morning jolt:
Abortion and
stem cell research as the unspoken issues in
Atlanta Journal Constitution

NJ Abortion
Clinic Pays $1.9 Million for Botched
Abortion
Christian News Wire

Planned
Parenthood Calls Video "False" Showing it Lying to Women on
Abortion
LifeNews.com

Senate
Dems struggle to get health care on track
The Associated Press

Senate
Approves Public
Abortion Funding in DC
Opposing Views

Catholic
University Promotes
Abortion Advocates as "Professional
Resources"
Lifesite

Connecticut
Report Shows
Abortions
Increasing, State Reporting a Problem

LifeNews.com

Taxpayer
funded
abortion
contracts approved
Community
Impact Newspaper

Sex-ed
choices
Salt
Lake Tribune

Congress
Passes Funding for Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
PR Newswire

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