NBC’s Chuck Todd pushes debunked myth to Trump that Planned Parenthood offers mammograms

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In justifying the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that flow into Planned Parenthood, supporters of the largest abortion provider in the United States always point to a number of other beneficial services the organization offers women.

Mammograms are frequently listed as one of those services; but that’s a false assertion the media likes to perpetuate, as was seen Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

While interviewing Donald Trump, NBC host Chuck Todd asked the Republican presidential front-runner about Planned Parenthood.

“You defended the other work Planned Parenthood does,” the moderator said. “Now you said you’d defund it.”

After Trump agreed with that assessment, Todd regurgitated the mammogram myth.

“Democrats will say the money they give to Planned Parenthood does not go to abortions,” he argued. “That the money they give to Planned Parenthood only goes to other women’s health issues including mammograms and things like that.”

As noted by Newsbusters, even the Washington Post agrees that the claim is not true: “… the myth that Planned Parenthood actually offers mammogram X-rays to patients has been long debunked, and needs to stop being repeated … When Democratic lawmakers or other supporters assert that Planned Parenthood ‘provides’ mammograms, this is highly misleading.”

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