Pro-life Tennesseans cringed on the morning of September 14 to learn that Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison, used the opportunity of last night's Miss America pageant to promote continued federal tax-funding for the nation's leading provider of abortion. In so doing she failed to represent both the truth about Planned Parenthood and the broad majority of Tennesseans who favor the protection of unborn lives.
Armed with the abortion organization's talking points, Robison parroted the phony claim that Planned Parenthood facilities provide mammograms. "I don't think Planned Parenthood (federal) funding should be cut off," said Robison. "The $500 million (tax) dollars that gets given to Planned Parenthood every single year goes to female care. It goes for scanning for cancer. It goes for mammograms."
Leaders of the Susan G. Komen organization tried unsuccessfully several years ago to sever ties with Planned Parenthood stating "We have decided not to fund, wherever possible, pass-through grants... What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms."
SNOPES, the internet arbiter and debunker of all things mythical, also points out that Planned Parenthood's mammogram claims are not factual. "It is true in a literal sense that Planned Parenthood health centers do not themselves conduct mammograms, a procedure which requires specialized equipment and expertise to use it."
With ratings continuing to plummet (last year's viewership was down 15% from 2013), producers of the Miss America pageant are likely attempting to create controversy in order to stanch the bleeding. Unfortunately, they and Ms. Robison are doing so at the expense of the truth and of the many tiny lives and limbs lost within the surgical suites of Planned Parenthood's federally-funded facilities. It's long past time for the truth to be known.
to view the video of Ms. Tennessee's answer.