At a town hall meeting this week in Englewood, Colorado, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush repeated his conviction that Planned Parenthood should not be receiving federal funding, saying the organization is “not actually doing women’s health issues.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact — which fact-checks statements made by political players — decided to take a closer look and gave his assertion its lowest “Pants on Fire” rating (meaning it is a completely false claim). Looking at Planned Parenthood’s annual report from 2013, Politifact found that the organization saw 2.7 million individual patients and — besides abortions, which accounts for 12 percent of patients — provided some 11 million health services. These include such women’s health services as contraception, breast exams, pregnancy tests, pap tests, and STI testing and treatment. The website concluded, “Bush is opposed to abortion, but it doesn’t make sense to say that Planned Parenthood isn’t addressing women’s health issues.” As governor of Florida, Bush cut off state funding for Planned Parenthood.
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