Sally Kellerman, best-known for her role in the 1970s show “M*A*S*H,” wrote on her Facebook page that “Planned Parenthood is women’s HEALTH SERVICES: mammograms, contraception of all kinds, vaginal testing, cancer screening. Out of 100% of money received by Planned Parenthood, only 3% goes to abortions and most goes to referrals. 3 PERCENT! The government pays for nothing! Plus, they don’t charge for this!”
Let’s break down this ludicrous post (which, naturally, was applauded by Kellerman’s supporters). First of all, I feel like the majority of people who have a grasp of what Planned Parenthood is actually about are beginning to sound like broken records, having to correct ignorant Planned Parenthood supporters on the fact that not a single Planned Parenthood in the nation provides mammograms. Zero.
Second, “[o]ut of 100% of money received by Planned Parenthood,” nearly 14% comes from abortion services alone (even though Sally wholeheartedly believes that “they don’t charge for this!” Which, I assume, refers to abortions.). Not “3 PERCENT!” Planned Parenthood has for so long touted the “3%” claim that its supporters just stick it into any statistic that sounds good.
Third, “[t]he government pays for nothing!” Whom are you kidding, Sally? Almost half of Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar income – a whopping $487,000,000 – was federal funding in 2010. If you want to get technical, I guess you could actually claim that the government pays for nothing…since it comes straight out of the taxpayers’ wallets.
I’m calling on the stars to start doing a little research on their beloved Planned Parenthood before continuing to spew false and ignorant claims about it.