The battle in Washington to stop Planned Parenthood from using public funds is heating up. Yesterday, even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin came out in favor of defunding the organization on the heels of undercover videos showing the organization selling fetal body parts, possibly in violation of the law.
Well, Planned Parenthood is fighting back by using a very deceptive talking point:
Cutting millions off from health care because you're opposed to 3% of PP's services is hardly supporting women. #StandwithPP#S1881
Planned Parenthood has long claimed that only 3 percent of their services are abortion. But this statistic is incredibly misleading. Students for Life has put together a good video explainer -- using figures from Planned Parenthood's own annual report -- on why counting abortions as a percentage of total services is deliberately misleading:
If you don't want to take Students for Life's word for it, know that the editorial board at USA Today has concluded the statistic is so misleading they refuse to use it:
@Heminator@USATopinion editorial refused to use it. More accurate to say 12% from using number of abortions and number of actual patients
A new poll from Suffolk University and USA Today finds the majority of Americans do not want to debate gun control in the 2016 presidential election. According to the poll of 1,000 adults, 52 percent say they would not like gun control to be a "significant subject" during the election, with 43 percent saying they would.
“There is more desire to tighten than to loosen [gun laws]," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a statement accompanying the release of the poll.
A new poll of the U.S. Senate race in Colorado by USA Today and Suffolk University finds Republican Cory Gardner with a seven-point lead over first-term Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. The poll found 46 percent of likely Colorado voters say they prefer Gardner, while 39 percent say they prefer Udall.
Republican Joni Ernst of Iowa leads her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in their race for the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll from USA Today and Suffolk University. Ernst, a state senator, has 47 percent support while three-term congressman Braley earns 43 percent.
A new USA Today/Pew poll on Obamacare is out today. According to the fine print on the poll, "Three years after President Obama signed his signature health care overhaul, Americans are as negative toward it as they have ever been, and disapproval of the president on the issue has reached a new high."
What inferences can we draw from this poll result? Well, here's the first paragraph of USA Today's write-up on the poll:
During his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a drawing of a bomb to illustrate the threat of Iran's nuclear program. Several media types pooh-poohed Netanyahu's chart, including the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "It is precisely because Iran's nuclear program is such a threat to Israel that turning to cartoon bombs to explain the issue is a lousy idea," Goldberg tweeted yesterday.