Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Not Intended To Be A Factual Pie Chart

I think Senator Jon Kyl has liberated us all from the burden of facts. During the recent budget debate, Kyl took to the Senate floor to claim that abortion is well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. Except in truth, it's more like 3 percent. By the way, this is the same guy who, during the health care debate, was against maternity care because he didn't need it.

When confronted with these drastically rounded-up numbers, Kyl's office replied: "his remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions."

That's doublespeak for "it was a lie." And it leaves me with a question that I guess I'm the only one naive enough to be asking: aren't there any real repercussions for these lies? If a Democrat can be reprimanded for saying "uterus," then fallout for this has to extend beyond Twitter, I would hope.

Women represent 51.1 percent of the total U.S. population, and they all need to listen up. To every woman who has ever needed health care services or information but lacked insurance, worked a part-time job, been a student, or been poor, well, the Republicans have just said "F-you."

By the way, as Colbert and Maddow both pointed out, don't try to get a pap smear or colonoscopy at Walgreens.

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