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Sen. Jon Kyl's not intended to be a factual statement about how 91% of Planned Parenthood's work is abortion got all the attention a few weeks ago, probably because his "excuseplation" was so lame.

But he wasn't the only Member of Congress making shit up about the organization on a chamber floor. Perhaps it's because people are used to hearing absolute insanity from Rep. Jean Schmidt, so they just let it go. But this one is really, really bad: "For every 33 pregnant women that walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic, 32 receive an abortion."

PolitiFact may have messed up on Medicare, but they left this one up to facts, rather than interpretation, and rightly declare it false.
Anti-abortion groups and Schmidt can try to fill the information vacuum by using Planned Parenthood’s incomplete data to come up with their own number.  But that doesn’t mean that their number is correct.

The fact sheet shows that Planned Parenthood does a sizable number of abortions. But the ratio she cites (97 percent) is extreme.

Sye noted that just 63 out of more than 800 Planned Parenthood centers provide their own prenatal care. That means that pregnant women seeking prenatal care from more than 700 centers would be referred to outside providers.

Women seeking prenatal care are not likely to be seeking an abortion, and none of those women are included in the totals cited by Schmidt’s sources.

Schmidt’s claim also overlooks that pregnant women who "walk into" a clinic could be there for any reason, not just for pregnancy-related services.

On the Truth-O-Meter, we rate Schmidt’s statement False.

Don't expect to see any revision of the Congressional Record this time around. Her staff hasn't even bothered to issue an excuseplation for this whopper.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Pro Choice and Abortion.

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