Casey Mattox

President Obama apparently has chosen to stake his re-election on abortion, and particularly on Planned Parenthood.

He sees abortion as a winning issue if enough women can become convinced that taking federal taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood would somehow harm women’s health.

In order to make that case effectively, the administration must convince Americans to view Planned Parenthood not as the nation’s largest abortion seller but as a more sympathetic provider of a broad range of women’s health services. Hence the repeated and blatantly dishonest claims about Planned Parenthood providing mammograms.

Over the past several months, the pro-life community has worked together to prove the obvious: namely, that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms—it doesn’t and it legally can’t.

In the face of relentless pro-life pressure to tell the truth, Planned Parenthood finally broke down and admitted they do not perform mammograms. (Of course, even an admission from Planned Parenthood itself will not prevent a politically expedient falsehood.)

A recent piece in First Things explains why Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform mammograms: it’s not very profitable, unlike abortion. But the nation’s largest abortion chain is not giving up its effort to rebrand itself as a full service women’s health provider. So, it argues that while it does not perform mammograms, it does refer for them, which is sort of the same thing really—isn’t it?

No. It’s not. And a simple scenario illustrates this well.

Casey Mattox

Casey Mattox is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom