Either Elizabeth Warren lied to Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union when she spoke to the reporter about Planned Parenthood or Planned Parenthood has been lying to congress about none of the taxpayer dollars being spent on abortions.
On State of the Union Tapper asked the faux Cherokee if whether there was anything on the Planned Parenthood selling baby parts video tapes she saw that bothers her.
Look, let’s remember what we were debating on the floor of the United States Senate and that was defunding Planned Parenthood. 2.7 million people get their health care from Planned Parenthood every year. One in every five women in America sometime in her life will get her health care from Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood, what does it mostly do? 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is about cancer screenings, about screenings for STDs, about birth control. Planned Parenthood is in more than half of all of the Planned Parenthood clinics are in places where there’s limited access to health care. So this, for many people, is their — for many women is their only health care provider, sometimes their principle health care provider. And the Republicans say the first issue that we’ve got to discuss and the number one thing — everything else can go forward on the budget or not go forward or we can cut everything else. The first thing we’ve got to do is defund Planned Parenthood. That means defunding health care for women.
I get the part about STDs and cancer screenings, although based on the mammogram lies to believe that statement Warren would have to prove that they are something other than a middle man and since the GOP effort was directed at funding other women’s heath centers Warren (whose Cherokee name is Faux-cahontas) would also have to prove that there were no other clinics in the area. But based based on what she said about abortion either Warren or Planned Parenthood is lying.
And make no mistake, what this is really about is about women’s access to abortion. And even though not one federal dollar goes to pay for abortions through Planned Parenthood, the Republicans want to find one more way to make it harder, to make it impossible for a woman who is facing one of the most difficult decisions of her life. They want to find a way to make it harder on her to get the health care she needs. And all I can say is we’ve been in that world before.
When I talk about 1955 I’m talking about a world where women die. I’m talking about a world where women committed suicide rather than go forward with a pregnancy they could not handle. And what the Republicans are saying is they want to go back and I want to make it clear we are not going back. Not now. Not ever.
Defunding Planned Parenthood should have no effect on the access to abortions. Allow me to put that a different way (since I couldn’t find an easy way to translate it in Cherokee, this different way will be in Klingon) pagh ‘e’ ‘angbogh Da abortions naw’ wIqawtaHmeH planned parenthood defunding.
Here’s the truth, Both Planned Parenthood and its supporters in Congress claim that the taxpayer funds do not go toward abortions. Therefore, removing those tax dollars and giving them to centers providing a broader range of health services should not hurt Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. As a result one can only concluded that either Senator Warren’s “world where women die” was hyperbolic (okay a fat lie), or Planned Parenthood is lying to congress and using the taxpayer funds for the abortion side of their business.
I wish Jake Tapper had asked Elizabeth Warren about the public funding promise in English, Klingon, or Cherokee, so we could understand who is lying.
Below is a video of the Tapper/Warren interview courtesy of CNN: