An attorney with a national Christian legal organization is asserting that Barack Obama’s statement regarding Planned Parenthood during Tuesday night’s presidential debate is false.
During the debate in Hempstead, New York, Obama stated, “[T]here are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for — not just contraceptive care — they rely on it for mammograms [and] for cervical cancer screenings.”
However, Senior Counsel Casey Mattox with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says that legally, the abortion giant Planned Parenthood cannot perform mammograms without a licence, and currently holds no permit at any facility.
“No one should prop up an abortion business by claiming it is helping women in ways that it does not,” Mattox said. “If Planned Parenthood is operating mammogram machines without a license, it is violating federal law. The president’s own administration has confirmed that Planned Parenthood has no such licenses. He should correct the record and explain that Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms so that he cannot be accused of making allegations which, if true, would mean Planned Parenthood is breaking the law.”
Mattox explained that the Mammogram Quality Standards Act demands that “[n]o facility may conduct an examination or procedure…involving mammography” without certification from the Food and Drug Administration. He outlined that the Administration notes, “Congress passed this law in 1992 to assure high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment, a range of treatment options and increased chances of survival.”
“The MQSA is a women’s health and safety law, and its licensing requirement is designed to ensure that the mammogram a woman receives is accurate and dependable,” Mattox said. “Planned Parenthood does not have that required license.”
Mattox says he personally wrote to Obama’s Health and Human Services Department to request copies of all mammogram permits for Planned Parenthood facilities across the country, and was told that none exist.
“In response to your information request, we have performed a thorough and diligent investigation of our records,” the response letter states. “Unfortunately, our search did not uncover any documents pertinent to your request.”
Mattox advised that if Planned Parenthood was indeed offering mammograms, which he asserts it does not, it could be fined up to $10,000 a day.
“[T]he president is wrong,” he said. “Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms.”
Information on Planned Parenthood’s website shows that the organization rather offers referrals to medical institutions that administer the screenings.