Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who co-authored the Graham-Cassidy bill, defended a part of his bill that defunds Planned Parenthood for one year by citing debunked heavily-edited attack videos against Planned Parenthood.
Graham issued his weak defense during a CNN debate about the Graham-Cassidy bill: “So all I can say about this debate, about Planned Parenthood [is] a lot of Americans were pretty upset when they saw the videos of selling body parts of aborted children.”
In reality, Planned Parenthood was not “selling body parts,” which is illegal, but rather legally procuring fetal tissue for medical research, a practice that has been going on in the U.S. for decades, noted NPR.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana defended defunding Planned Parenthood by claiming Planned Parenthood actually puts a burden on women because it does not have clinics in rural ares, which Republicans have shut down:
Now, it turns out the folks who don’t have access to those cancer screenings live in rural areas. So the idea is that we want someone to have to drive a lower income person drive three hours to a Planned Parenthood facility there to get her screening? Or would we rather take that money and put it back in the rural area to allow her to get her health care there.
Cassidy was referring to block grants that would replace Obamacare subsidies which are far fewer dollars and do not require states to build clinics in rural areas.
Cassidy also claimed that making birth control pills an over the counter purchase is the “ultimate, you’ve got the power,” but failed to mention that this “ultimate” power would end free contraceptives under Obamacare.