Despite Obama statements, Planned Parenthood doesn’t give mammograms

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By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog

ST. LOUIS — President Barack Obama said in Tuesday night’s debate that women depend on Planned Parenthood for mammograms, but the organization does not offer such services in Missouri or nationally.

Instead, the largely federally funded group that focuses on women’s health care offers initial screenings and refers women to other providers who perform mammograms.

Obama took up the issue Tuesday night during his debate with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when asked about women’s rights and equal pay.

“When Gov. Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care; they rely on it for mammograms; for cervical cancer screenings,” he said.

Obama called it a “pocketbook issue” that makes a difference in how effectively women are able to work.

He re-emphasized the point during a campaign stop Thursday in Manchester, N.H.

Planned Parenthood provides cervical cancer screenings, but it does not perform mammograms — the facilities don’t even have the proper equipment.

Missouri Watchdog called four Planned Parenthood offices statewide Friday, and all provided similar information. Receptionists did not give their names for the record.

A representative of the Manchester office said it doesn’t offer mammograms — Planned Parenthood provides “clinical breast exams.”

“We do breast exams and then if the nurse feels you need to be referred we do that,” said the receptionist at the north Kansas City office.

“We offer services so you can get a referral for a mammogram,” said the receptionist who answered the phone at the Forest Park Avenue office in St. Louis.

Dr. Deborah Nucatola, director of medical services for Planned Parenthood,released a statement that said the organization “helps women nationwide get access to mammograms.”

“Women rely on Planned Parenthood for referrals for and financial help with mammograms and specialized diagnostic follow-up tests like ultrasounds and biopsies when indicated by age, history and/or clinical breast exam,” she said. “For many women, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider they will see all year, and thus the only way they will get a referral for a mammogram.”

According to Planned Parenthood’s data, the provider performed nearly 750,000 breast exams in 2010 and 769,769 Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer.

Rachel Fleischer, communications manager for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in an op-ed on the Huffington Post that she doesn’t understand why it’s so “confounding or surprising” that such services aren’t provided in-house.

“Like the vast majority of primary care physicians and ob-gyns, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses refer patients to specialized facilities for mammograms. Just like my gynecologist did. And I’m sure just like your gynecologist does. The reality is, most patients need a referral in order to get a mammogram,” she said.

The National Cancer Institute recommends that women older than 40 get a mammogram every year or two.

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It's quite obvious that

It's quite obvious that President Obama lied.  Why is it you hear nothing about this in main stream medai?