PolitiFact: Chart shown at Planned Parenthood hearing is misleading and 'ethically wrong'
With the Planned Parenthood debate taking center stage in a Congressional hearing this week, PolitiFact's Linda Qiu dissected a chart that was a centerpiece to the discussion.
Congress may have avoided a government shutdown related to Planned Parenthood funding - at least so far - but the controversy over the women's health organization looks like it's here to stay.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sparred with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards during a high-profile hearing on Sept. 29. One of their face-offs originated with a chart Chaffetz flashed, indicating that Planned Parenthood performed more abortions than "life-saving procedures" in 2013, a complete reversal from just seven years ago.
The chart features a pair of lines crossing - one headed upward (abortions) and the other headed downward (cancer screening and prevention services).
When referring to the chart in the hearing, Chaffetz said, "In pink, that's the reduction in the breast exams, and the red is the increase in the abortions. That's what's going on in your organization."
"This is a slide that has never been shown to me before," Richards responded. "Excuse me, my lawyer is informing me that the source of this is actually Americans United for Life, which is an anti-abortion group. So, I would check your source."
"Then we will get to the bottom of the truth of that," Chaffetz agreed.
Many news outlets characterized the chart as misleading, so we too wanted to get to the bottom of the truth.