Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, has been using Twitter to spread some “facts.” In one of her recent tweets, she tried to show how important she believes Planned Parenthood is for health care.
Fact: Every day Planned Parenthood’s doors stay open, another 8,118 people get health care.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) June 9, 2017
Many of her Twitter followers weren’t having it, however, and started a storm of responses:
And 8,118 can get better healthcare somewhere else…
Without risking their babies
— Matthew (@zypldot) June 11, 2017
abortion is not healthcare
— Lee (@lmsjrpol) June 9, 2017
— The Department of No (@SantasTavern) June 9, 2017
You’re conveniently forgetting to mention the number of babies killed daily every day PP’s doors stay open.
— David (@dovisterr) June 9, 2017
Using numbers from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report and the fact that Planned Parenthood is generally open 305 days in a year, Richard’s tweet should more accurately read:
Fact: Every day Planned Parenthood’s doors stay open, another 1077 babies are aborted at the expense of $1.8 million to taxpayers.
Those 8,118 people who go to Planned Parenthood could get more comprehensive health care from federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) which outnumber Planned Parenthood locations 20 to 1 and serve eight times as many patients while providing zero abortions.
It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect that money to FQHCs.
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