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Thursday, June 7, 2018
MRC Backs Away From Bogus Claim Federal Money To Planned Parenthood Pays For Abortion
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Katie Yoder has been among the most egregious offenders in pushing the never-proven anti-abortion canard that federal funding to Planned Parenthood pays for abortion because money is "fungible" -- never mind that the money is specifically earmarked for other purposes and is prohibited by law from paying for abortion. Now it seems Yoder is edging away from her falsehood.

Here's what Yoder writes in a May 24 post:

The Hyde Amendment generally bars federal funding (aka taxpayer funding) for abortion, but pro-life politicians note that money is fungible. The argument that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion, is a point made by pro-life groups.

Yoder has ceased presenting the "fungible" claim as a fact, just something promoted by "pro-life" groups and politicians. That tells us she knows the argument is bogus.

Of course, since Yoder sympathizes with the anti-abortion activists, she'll never come right out and admit the talking point is false -- that wouldn't look good for her side. But, hey, it's a baby step toward honesty.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:04 PM EDT

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