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Thursday, April 7, 2011
CNS Still Falsely Suggesting Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood Pays For Abortions
Topic:, it seems, is bound and determined to falsely portray federal money for Planned Parenthood as paying for abortions.

In an April 5 CNS article, Fred Lucas interprets President Obama's comment about "using last year’s budget process to have arguments about abortion, to have arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency, to try to use this budget negotiation as a vehicle for every ideological or political difference between the two parties" to actually mean that Obama "would not sign a budget agreement to keep the government running that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency." At no point does Lucas quote Obama actually saying that.

As misleading as that is,  the headline on Lucas' article gets it even more so, claiming: "Abortion, Environmental Regulation are Priorities for Obama in Seeking Budget Compromise." But Lucas never quotes Obama saying that, either.

As we've previously noted, federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood pays for health care and family planning services and does not pay for abortions outside of what is permitted by the federal Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal spending on abortions to cases of rape, incest or to preserve the life of the mother.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:54 AM EDT

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