Planned Parenthood President Admits to Congress: ‘We Do Not Have Mammogram Machines’

Richards-compressedWASHINGTON — During her testimony on Tuesday before a Congressional panel investigating Planned Parenthood’s alleged harvesting and sale of aborted babies, the president of the organization admitted that the abortion giant does not provide mammograms despite beliefs otherwise.

“Planned Parenthood’s annual report says that you are providing over 489,000 breast cancer screenings, and you’ve stated that none of your clinics actually have the mammogram machines. How many of your affiliates have those mammogram machines?” asked Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah.

“Well our health centers are part of our affiliates. We have more than 650 health centers. So an affiliate is simply the corporate structure for those health centers,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded.

“How many of them have mammogram machines?” Love repeated.

“I think I spoke earlier, we do not have mammogram machines at our health centers,” Richards replied. “And we’ve never stated that we did.”

She then explained that the organization only offers referrals for mammograms.

“As I think was mentioned earlier, for women who go for a breast exam—just as I got for my annual—you get a breast exam, and if you need a mammogram, you’re referred to a radiological clinic, and that’s what we do at Planned Parenthood,” Richards outlined.

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Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wy., also brought up the matter during her testimony.

“None [of your facilities] to your knowledge have a mammogram machine?” Lummis asked.

“Right, we have different kinds of arrangements depending on the state to refer women for mammograms,” Richards replied.

When Lummis asked what kind of surgical procedures Planned Parenthood offers for women, Richards said that there were just two: abortion and colposcopy, the latter of which involves examining one’s reproductive organs for disease.

“We provide surgical abortions and we provide colposcopy. We do a variety of services,” she explained. “We have core services across the country, but some … provide broader services [such as primary care].”

As previously reported, during the 2012 presidential debate, Barack Obama expressed support for Planned Parenthood, citing mammograms among the services that he believed the organization offers to women.

“[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,” he said.

Earlier that year, Casey Mattox with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) 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 stated. “Unfortunately, our search did not uncover any documents pertinent to your request.”

Following the release of a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials detailing the organization’s harvesting and sale of aborted babies, Congress is seeking to reallocate the group’s $235 million a year in federal funding to women’s health organizations that do not perform abortions.

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  • The Last Trump

    “Planned Parenthood.” What a terrific spin on something that actually has absolutely nothing to do with parenthood or women’s health. Guess “Death Camps For Unwanted Children” just didn’t have quite the same deceptively innocent ring to it. Go figure.

    • afchief

      They should be renamed “human slaughter houses”.

  • Mark Bouckaert

    “A 40 year low for teen pregnancy in the United States”. Looks like Planned Parenthood is doing a great job. Glad it’s there for so many people.

    • Tyler Mitchell

      It’s comical that you’re naive enough to buy that stat.

      • Mark Bouckaert

        Check the stats on the cdc and government websites if you don’t believe me or planned parenthood. Teen pregnancy rates have been going down for decades now due to educating our young. Why would you think this stat is naïve to believe?

        • Mike Sharp

          What is naive, is that you believe planned parenthood had anything to do with that.

          • Mark Bouckaert

            So then, what is? Its certainly not abstinence teaching. The stats show that approach is seriously flawed. Please educate me on your wisdom.

          • Bill

            According to the CDC even they arent sure why the drop. Why would you credit PP with it?

          • Kellen Engen

            I don’t know, maybe contraceptives. You know, the thing that prevents pregnancies and the fact that PP supplies 1/3 of the nations birth control. If you hate abortion so much you should want to increase funding to planned parenthood. The abortion services aren’t funded by the government anyway and only accounts for 3% of their services. Not that abortion is nearly as big of an issue as all of the conservatives make it out to be. If a woman goes in for an abortion and is only 3 or 4 months pregnant (usually much earlier than that even) and then goes home and swats a fly on the wall she should feel more guilt over killing the fly. If you are to be consistent with your argument you should be just as against condoms as abortion. No neurological development means no life taken, and no spinal cord development means no possibility of pain. End of discussion, and here conservatives are the ones who accuse liberals of basing policies and opinions off of emotion. If being pro-life isn’t an illogical emotion-only based stance I don’t know what is.

          • Mike Sharp

            You might want to check your facts, here is the information about a baby at 5 weeks into the pregnancy, not the the baby will feel pain at 5 weeks, many women may not even know they are pregnant at this stage. THEY FEEL THE PAIN.

            Week 5

            Week 5 is the start of the “embryonic period.” This is when all the baby’s major systems and structures develop.

            The embryo’s cells multiply and start to take on specific functions. This is called differentiation.

            Blood cells, kidney cells, and nerve cells all develop.

            The embryo grows rapidly, and the baby’s external features begin to form.

            Your baby’s brain, spinal cord, and heart begin to develop.

            Baby’s gastrointestinal tract starts to form.

            during this time in the first trimester that the baby is most at risk
            for damage from things that may cause birth defects. This includes
            certain medications, illegal drug use, heavy alcohol use, infections
            such as rubella, and other factors.

          • Mark Bouckaert

            Agreed with what you’ve stated but it’s really not until at least the beginning of the 2nd trimester that the life might be aware of what’s happening. So 14 weeks after conception or about 16 weeks being pregnant.

            So, realistically, the woman has missed a period and should know something is strange with her body. If she knows she had sex, she should have gotten a pregnancy test by then and immediately make her decision… Nobody should have the right to interfere with her decision on abortion or not during that time.

            Personally, I believe all contraception should be free, everyone should be well educated to know the consequences of sex, stressing that teenagers are NOT ready for such a step but accepting that many teens are basically stupid, thus birth control is needed to be taught and distributed freely. The pregnancy tests should also be free as you have pointed out, the embryo is at it’s greatest risk during the early stages of development.

            My two cents, I’m sure a lot of people here disagree with me but it’s how I chose to raise my children and so far it’s worked.

          • The case against abortion can be made from a totally rational discussion of human rights. It does not require emotion or religious beliefs. So let me start of by asking, do you have a right to life? If so, on what basis did that right inhere?

          • Mark Bouckaert

            I too believe as you do except for your timing with allowing abortions. As a quick example, countries like Belgium, restrict abortions after 16 weeks from conception to be only allowed in the case of danger to the mother or severe abnormality of the baby. At 4 months pregnant, it becomes unclear that sufficient development has occurred or not to consider the fetus a living thinking human being. In these cases, I would opt to disallow it. Also, there should be limitations like this put into place but also ensure that women have full access to abortions before that time. In all cases, they need to make up their minds before the baby develops.

            And the 3% services is not a time percentage of service but rather the abortion is considered one service. Before that happens, the woman will have several other services done, like a pregnancy test, doctors consultation(s), etc. So that is definitely a bit of propaganda on their part.

            The facts about the number of abortions performed are shown though and the type of procedure done which will give some idea as to when during the pregnancy it was aborted.

          • Bill

            Then you admit, there isnt any evidence, its just your opinion…thanks, just wanted to clear that up.

          • Mike Sharp

            How about you educate me and tell me how planned parenthood has created the drop, just because their name says ‘planned’ does not mean they promote safe sex. In reality they would rather there be more teen pregnancy, and more abortions, as that is more money in their pocket. I live in an area were there is no planned parenthood operation for hundreds of miles, and our teen pregnancy rate has dropped, explain that. I would be interested in seeing stats that show abstinence does not lower pregnancy rates, unless of course you are Mary.

          • Mark Bouckaert

            1. States with abstinence only education have higher pregnancy levels.
            2. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”
            3. Countries that have a comprehensive sex education system have lower pregnancy rates amongst teens.
            4. Countries where the access to birth control for teens is greatest also shows the lowest pregnancy rates.
            5. Abstinence education combined with a complete sex education and access to birth control shows the lowest pregnancy rates as well as the best defense against std’s.

            Finally, your statement about Planned Parenthood wanting to do more abortions would mean you can provide me with the advertising campaign promoting abortions.

    • How are you defining “teen pregnancy?” Do you mean any teen that has a positive pregnancy test, or only those teens that carries the baby to term?

      • Mark Bouckaert

        Its any teen girl that gets pregnant or a teen that gets another pregnant. That’s how they define teen pregnancy.

        • OK, thanks for that clarification. By “teen” do you mean 11-19 or under or do you mean “over the age of consent?”

          • Mark Bouckaert

            For this, I would consider anyone 19 or younger as it’s possible for very young girls to get pregnant.

          • So you are OK with PP not reporting statutory rape?

          • Mark Bouckaert

            I should qualify that as the current statutory rape laws are insufficiently written currently (in my opinion). If two people are below the age of 16, neither should be charged but the parents must be informed as well as the authorities. The authorities should simply make sure it was consented upon by both. If there is a teacher involved or someone in authority, then it’s definitely statutory rape and the authorities should get involved.

            Where it gets really tricky is if the two are within 2 years of age from one another. Humans sin, and the younger you are, the more likely your judgment hasn’t caught up with your maturity. So if within 2 years of age apart, its not statutory rape (my opinion) and if it is, the older person has taken advantage of the younger person and should be charged. A little off topic but your correct that reporting needs to be fully addressed.

            Also, other countries have struggled with this same problem, defining statutory rape. Canada has changed their laws recently to invoke the 2 years apart limit, under the age of 18. So if a 16 year old has sex with a 19 year old, the 19 year old will be charged with sexual assault as the 16 year old is considered to be taken advantage of. The conservative government brought this into affect after a joint committee investigated this for many years. The problem become the Romeo and Juliet one. Throwing one in jail for several years just causes hardship, especially if she becomes pregnant. They both might decide to marry and have the child, which would be the responsible thing to do.

          • Actually, your opinion is pretty close to the actual law on statutory rape. The age difference and the power relationship do factor heavily in whether it is a misdemeanor or felony charge. A teacher having sex with a student is a felony in most states. On the other hand, sex between two consenting minors of similar age, while legally a misdemeanor, is rarely prosecuted.

            However, that does not actually answer the question. Since PP is not in a position to make these subtle legal distinctions (they can’t gather evidence or take depositions), don’t you think they have an obligation to report suspected cases to the authorities and allow them to determine if a crime has been committed? It seem sensible to err on the side of caution.

          • Mark Bouckaert

            I would agree with you totally. They should be reporting this to the authorities as the authorities are the ones in the position to do a proper investigation, if the person is of the age below a specific age… At 14 and younger, definitely. The exact age, I’m not sure about…

          • Thanks. That’s a valid position.

      • Mark Bouckaert

        Teen pregnancy is getting pregnant under the age of 20.

    • afchief

      Abortion is murder!!!!

  • FoJC_Forever

    Whether or not they have mammogram machines isn’t the important issue. Planned Parenthood murders babies.

    Judgement is coming.

    • robyn Hefferan

      I think this all goes to show the basic dishonesty of the organisation.

  • robyn Hefferan

    IT seems anyone can set up any money making scheme with no interference from the overseeing bodies. Except, if I wanted to do the same, I sure don’t think it would happen that way. Who has allowed this organisation to get where it is?
    And if Anonymous is finding scumbags who make own medication profits, what about these women (mostly women isn’t it?) who run these butcher shops?

  • Krauss Allie

    This article is intentionally misleading. MOST doctor’s offices don’t have mammogram machines… to all the women here, when you have a breast exam, isn’t it true that in most cases, you are referred out to a radiological facility or a hospital. The initial exam is done in your doctor’s office, then if a mammogram is recommended, you’re referred out. Radiology is a highly specialized field of medicine, and very few doctor’s offices employ in house radiologists… please consider the dishonest intent of this article and question what else you’ve been told that may not be true. For example, are you aware that Planed Parenthood has now been investigated for illegally selling fetal tissue by 11 states. The results so far?

    Massachusetts: Investigation Reveals Planned Parenthood Is “Fully Compliant With State And Federal Laws.” Massachusetts
    Attorney General Maura Healey announced on July 29 that her office has
    found “no evidence” of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood after an
    investigation was concluded:

    Indiana: Planned Parenthood Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing In The Handling Of Fetal Tissue. On
    July 30, the Indiana Department of Health cleared Planned Parenthood
    clinics in the state of any wrongdoing after they were “unable to find
    any non-compliance with state regulation”:

    South Dakota: No “Evidence Of Illegal Activity” In South Dakota At Planned Parenthood Clinic. South
    Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley determined that there was “no
    evidence of illegal activity” at the one Planned Parenthood clinic in
    the state:

    Georgia: Department Of Public Health Finds Planned Parenthood “Complied With The Law.” After
    a review into the state’s abortion providers, the Georgia Department of
    Public Health “concluded an investigation” and found that Planned
    Parenthood and other clinics “are all complying with the law”:

    Pennsylvania: “No Evidence” Of Wrongdoing By “Any Planned Parenthood” In Pennsylvania. As The Hill noted, Pennsylvania became
    the fifth state to find no wrongdoing by Planned
    Parenthood. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy noted that the
    Pennsylvania state health department “has never found a violation of
    the Abortion Control Act provisions regarding the procurement or use of
    fetal tissue”:

    Missouri: “No Evidence That Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis Clinic … Engaged In Unlawful Activity.” Missouri
    Attorney General Chris Koster announced September 28 that the state’s
    investigation “found no evidence that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis
    clinic mishandled fetal tissue or engaged in unlawful
    activity,” as Reuters reported:


    I realize you disagree with abortion on moral grounds and want it made illegal. It’s your right to believe this and it’s your duty to fight for your beliefs, but do the ends justify the means here? By using misleading and dishonest information, you’ve destroyed your own credibility in the issue and coming back from this to a point where anyone will take you seriously will be a long time coming.

  • Rebecca

    These people are disgusting!!! God will deal with them in His own way, which will be worse than what anyone can imagine. Much blood is on their hands and their future is an eternity in the flames of Hell.