- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The pro-lifers at Live Action struck again when they posted tapes Wednesday showing that Planned Parenthood’s claims of offering mammograms are false.

A series of undercover phone calls contacting 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 states revealed that the organization does not offer mammograms, contrary to claims made on national TV by Cecile Richards, the group’s CEO.

Ms. Richards had spoken on CNN’s Joy Behar Show in February, and argued that if federal funding was removed from Planned Parenthood, it would lose its ability to provide healthcare services such as mammograms.

“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning — you know, mammograms,” said Ms. Richards.

In the taped calls, which Live Action uploaded to YouTube.com, Planned Parenthood workers repeatedly say the their facilities do not in fact provide mammograms.

In one case, the Live Action caller, after being told that an Arizona Planned Parenthood does not provide those services, asks to be referred to another Planned Parenthood facility.

“Well, it would be at a different agency altogether because we don’t provide those services whatsoever,” the Planned Parenthood worker responds.

Live Action is a youth-led organization, headed by Lila Rose, which produces video stings that reveal purported lawbreaking and untruths by Planned Parenthood.

Previous videotapes, which have led Planned Parenthood to fire workers, feature employees showing or telling Live Action members, some posing as pimps, how to cover-up child sex trafficking or circumvent laws limiting minors’ access to abortion or contraception.