During a recent commentary on the Senate floor, Kyl talked about the way in which Planned Parenthood is an abortion business and its status as such should make it ineligible to receive tens of millions in taxpayer funds from the federal government.
“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood,” he said. “But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
Politifact said it “got many requests to fact-check his statement” and “Planned Parenthood says the statistics are dramatically different — that 90 percent of its services are preventive in nature, compared with 3 percent that are abortion-related.”
“Planned Parenthood calculates the numbers by services provided, rather than dollars spent,” the web site said. “By this tally, abortions accounted for just under 3 percent of the procedures Planned Parenthood provided in 2009, which is the most recent year for which the group is reporting statistics. And that would make Kyl’s statement way off. Kyl has vastly overstated the share of abortions.”
Kyl’s office responded to the criticism in a statement saying his remarks were meant to “illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.”