Two years in the past, The Washington Post “Fact Checker” declared it was a “Three Pinocchios” lie to say (or suggest) Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. Their boss Cecile Richards admitted they whereas they do breast exams, they haven’t any mammogram machines. They stated “supporters should drop this talking point.” But probably the most liberal information retailers nonetheless unfold this untruth.
On Friday’s All Things Considered, NPR health coverage correspondent Alison Kodjak was the offender as she reported on President Trump’s reversal of Barack Obama’s try and protect Planned Parenthood subsidies in pink states that moved to defund them. Here’s the place the reality received mangled:
CORNISH: Can you inform us extra concerning the states the place this might have actual impression?
KODJAK: Well, it relies upon just a little bit on the make-up of the states, clearly. It’s states which are run by Republican legislatures with Republican governors who’re more likely to help this type of laws. States with rural – loads of rural areas are more likely to see numerous influence as a result of these clinics aren’t in all places. So if Planned Parenthood is the closest clinic the place you will get household planning providers — and once I say that, I am speaking about pap smears, mammograms, contraception and in some instances clearly abortions — you may need to journey very far to get these providers. You won’t get them in any respect.
There was no stability on this report. Cornish solely interviewed Kodjak, which was like interviewing a publicist for Planned Parenthood. Kodjak even complained that in Texas, which arrange its personal family-planning community, there was a regrettable rise in births: “the outcome was, after a few years, childbirth paid for by Medicaid — which is the inhabitants that these Planned Parenthood clinics typically serve — rose by 27 %.”
Kodjak provided none of what NPR certainly considers the “anti-abortion” aspect of the argument: that the defunding adopted videotaped exposes of Planned Parenthood coarsely discussing the sale of physique elements from its aborted infants. Instead, all of the “hostility” to health care got here from Republicans.
Cornish provided one tiny glimpse of a pro-life nuance: the apparent level that Planned Parenthood is a for-profit enterprise:
CORNISH: In the meantime, any considerations over at Planned Parenthood about their enterprise because of this?
KODJAK: Well, they are not in peril broadly of going out of enterprise. The actual concern of the influence on women who depend upon Planned Parenthood for the women’s health care. They’re going to should discover a new supplier, or maybe they will not get the care in any respect. And actually that is a part of an general development amongst Republican legislators and President Trump who’ve been displaying a whole lot of hostility in the direction of women’s reproductive health.
In the talk over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, there was an ongoing query of whether or not or not health insurance coverage ought to truly should cowl maternity care and being pregnant and childbirth. And then there’s additionally been this ongoing debate through the years about whether or not or not contraception ought to be coated in any respect. So the priority is that that is a part of this ongoing development in rolling again entry to women’s health broadly on this nation.
Once once more, this system ridiculous titled All Things Considered fails to think about that birth-control controversies embrace forcing Catholic nuns to supply contraceptives of their advantages package deal, and forcing males to have maternity care amongst their advantages. But NPR and Kodjak just like the mudslinging echo of this “Republicans are hostile to women’s reproductive health” rubbish.
Feel free to contact (politely) NPR’s ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen about Kodjak’s inaccurate and biased Friday report.