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Speaking on the House floor yesterday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) claimed Planned Parenthood has “never, ever, ever done one mammogram, because they are not certified to do mammograms.”
Gohmert advocated strongly for stripping Planned Parenthood of its millions in annual federal funding after nearly a dozen undercover videos, recently published by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, appear to show Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the sale of body parts harvested from aborted babies.
In the history of Planned Parenthood, they have never, ever, ever done one mammogram, because they are not certified to do mammograms. They bring people in and refer them out to get their mammograms. So, for those of us –like in my case, three daughters and a wife of 37 years –look, I want good women’s healthcare. So, let’s fund it. But, let’s give it directly to the facilities that will do the mammograms and not Planned Parenthood – for them to take their cut.”
According to Planned Parenthood’s 2013-14 annual report, the taxpayer-funding abortion giant did 487,029 “breast exams/breast care” services that year; however, the report doesn’t make a single mention of mammograms. Cancer prevention services, which also included things like pap tests and HPV vaccinations, accounted for just nine percent of all Planned Parenthood services that year.
On the flip side, contraception, STD testing and treatment and abortion services made up 79 percent of all services, while “other women’s health” services made up about 11 percent.
That same year, the organization performed 327,653 abortions, while simultaneously raking in $528.4 million in government funding.
Gohmert also pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will not shut down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood, promising, “We are not going to shut down the government. We are going to fund the government; and, I am hoping that we are actually going fund women’s health with more money than what the president or the democrats were pushing for to be given to Planned Parenthood.”
Watch Gohmert’s passionate statement below: