Senator Jon Kyl's Lies About Planned Parenthood "Not Intended to be Factual Statement"

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As the United States government creeped closer to shutting down on Friday because far-right-wing-nuts don't like abortion, Senator Jon Kyl took to the Senate floor to give a less-than-"factual statement" about the amount of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood, a federally funded organization that's been known to end a pregnancy or two.

"Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don't have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does," the senator crowed.

Nope.

As Politifact is quick to point out, only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are "abortion related."

According to the organization, it breaks down like this:

Contraception (including reversible contraception, emergency contraception, vasectomies and tubal sterilizations): 4,009,549 services

Sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment: 3,955,916 services

Cancer screening and prevention: 1,830,811 services

Other women's health services (including pregnancy tests and prenatal care): 1,178,369 services

Abortions: 332,278 procedures

Miscellaneous (including primary care and adoption referrals): 76,977

Total services: 11,383,900

So how does the senator respond after getting called out for being so clearly full of shit? Check it out below:

The senator's remark "was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions," Kyl's staff says in a statement.

Click here to watch Stephen Colbert have a ball with Kyl's spewing of imaginary statistics and his regard for "factual statements."

So who would come to the defense of a three-term U.S. Senator who flat-out lied on the floor of the Senate? Life News, the "pro-life news source," that's who. But it omitted some minor (major) details.

In its defense of Kyl, Life News quotes the senator's claims about the amount of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. It then quotes Kyl's office as saying his comments were to "illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions."

Life News fails to include Kyl's insistence that his claim that 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is perform abortions "was not intended to be a factual statement."

Perhaps next time Senator Kyl wants to blatantly lie on the floor of the U.S. Senate, he'll preface his comments with "[this is] not intended to be a factual statement" -- or, better yet: I'm talking out of my ass right now... 
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Lionheart
Lionheart

Sen. Jon Kyl once ate a live chipmunk in order to secure funding for his campaign.#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

Mistalee
Mistalee

Much like Susan Brock, Kyl sucks the cocks of little boys.

That's not intended to be a factual statement, of course.

Just the facts
Just the facts

What I find really interesting is the number of Christian women who have abortions. If you look at the CDC's statistics you'll notice that as many as half of all abortions in the US are abortions had by those claiming to be Christian. Makes you wonder.

Ithinkpigsarecool
Ithinkpigsarecool

Why is this even making the news? Republicans lie about everything, all day, all the time.

And on the note of abortions: I don't like to think that Bush or Obama or any president is making decisions about my body. That's just messed up and creepy.

And Republicans are okay with killing old people and poor kids and babies by getting rid of Medicaid and Healthcare, yet they're sooo against "killing" a bunch of cells with no heart, brain, lungs, or nervous system? Wow.

Pat Kittle
Pat Kittle

Pathetic.

If the Republicans want to dig in their heels over anything it should be massively unsustainable immigration.

Most Americans would back them on that.

Their hypocritical views on sex only cause them to embarrass themselves, time after time.

Btompaint
Btompaint

WOW . A poltican lied. Tell me it is not true in the USA.

Mina Sanayei Wirth
Mina Sanayei Wirth

Much of what Planned Parenthood does is PREVENT unwanted pregnancies. A person who is anti-choice and has half a brain would support funding an organization that provides birth control for people who otherwise could not afford it. Those who wanted Planned Parenthood defunded should do some soul searching. Is it abortions that they want to stop, or are they motivated by the desire to take away reproductive choices for women? I sincerely believe in Senator Kyl's case that it's the latter.

Patricia
Patricia

Please friends, can we elect a senator in 2012 who has a brain with actual grey matter and not just ideological beliefs and an enlarged amygdala? Enough crazies here in AZ. Time to put a lid on them and liberate ourselves.

jzsdii
jzsdii

Jon Kyl's epitaph should read "His life was not intended to be factual."

Pal
Pal

Whether you are against abortion or not, the fact is that Kyl lied in front of so many people. In court, this would possibly be a perjury charge. I don't trust any statistics from any government official anymore. They don't seem to care about the country but about their own personal agenda. The truth is there are so many children in foster care that need "forever" homes. Just today one of my 5 year old students asked me, "when am I going to get my forever home?" Where are all those pro-lifers offering a forever home?

Anon
Anon

Great article. We come here to get the facts.

Mindy
Mindy

Stephen Colbert has been continuing to ridicule Kyl on his Twitter stream. There is a whole Twitter topic for it now: "NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement" It is hilarious. I love when statements worthy of ridicule are actually ridiculed. And I detest government officials who lie on the floor of Congress.

Huggy Bear
Huggy Bear

I'm proud of you readers (most of you). I take this issue this way: Abortions should not be an issue with the government. At the same time, I am against any type of welfare from taxpayers.

Abortion is a religious issue 95% of the time. Last time I checked the constitution, we are not a nation with an official religion.

Charlieknox33
Charlieknox33

Ever notice how people against abortion are also against welfare and other social services? Pretty backwards. Doesnt take rocket science to know that more unprepared mothers means more welfare expenses.

Kathy, Phx
Kathy, Phx

If you're going to be a politician, Kyl, at least be one WITH A BRAIN. ---- All of these "old farts" in Congress (McSame too) NEED TO GO. ----- We need some new blood there who aren't senile.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Kyl is a liar and a cheat - he will cut any corner to get what he wants.

His "office" said that Planned Parenthood "subsidizes" abortions. NO THEY DO NOT! They provide abortion services to people who need them at a price that is what the market will bear. There is no subsidy involved.

What they really want is to control every reproductive act in the U.S.

If a fetus has constitutional rights, as the pro-lifers claim, the fetus obtains those rights at CONCEPTION! That means that any act which might result in conception, such as making sweet love, would be regulated by the republicants.

This is the nonsense these whack jobs are advocating - the complete control of reproduction of humans from the act itself to when the fetus is born. After that, the republicants will impose virtual slavery on all who are not likely to vote their way. They're liars and cheats and we should not let them get by with this crap.

We'd have to fill out a form to take a girl on a date for gosh sakes - I mean, what if things "happened" and a little zygote was formed as a result. Well, forget about a birth date - that wouldn't matter anymore -

Happy conception to you,happy conception to you, happy conception to yooOOOoou, happy conception to you.

Here's another odd situation caused by the pro-lifers. All those honeymoons at romantic locations outside the U.S. will be pretty hazardous. You'd have to present your "conception certificate" to be able to run for President and if you were "conceived" outside the U.S., well tough luck.

teknik1200
teknik1200

We live in a world where public opinion matters more then facts. If you can get the people to perceive what you want them to you can control them.

It's a sad sad world when politicians can jump up on stage or in a public forum and lie through their teeth in order to shape public opinion.

it's propaganda and nothing less.

I vote that lying politicians be charged with perjury in a court of law and thrown in jail for lying. This way every one knows they are telling lies to manipulate the public into following their ways.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

I second that vote. This is the same thing as that little weasly Rep who authored the two race/gender-based abortion laws making up stats about them and then never providing any evidence to back it up. No matter to him or Pearce or the other Republican dbags, the bills were signed into law.

Or Russell Pearce making up immigration statistics left and right and never once showing where he got the numbers from.

The lies get planted into ill-informed sheep and it become fact because it's what they want to believe anyway. There's no accountability in politics nowadays. It used to be that these kind of lying scumbags would be voted out, but too many voters want to believe this crap anyway, so they feel like they have an ally and continue to vote them back in.

They should be fined every time they make a claim that's not verifiable. At least Kyl was called out by a show with a decent reach. Too bad it's mostly democrats who will see it.

GuestyMcGuesterson
GuestyMcGuesterson

This is wonderful, we can teach kids abstinence.. which has been failing in preventing unwanted teenage pregnancies, good thing Palin's kid is on the watch, making money, speaking for abstinence, all while dutifully caring for her child(I'm sure). When the teen gets pregnant, they SHOULD carry the child to term so that child can receive a poor education, poor health care, and we can avoid providing financial support to the new teen mom. This will be great for a society of worthless, and faceless wage slaves. WIC is cut, ACCESS is cut, JOBS are scarce.. why not bring a child into this world! Thankfully government subsidiary programs for providing pre-natal care will be cut, I'm tired of bringing healthy children into this world.And after wiping it out, death in utero is back.. maybe thats gods way of saying quit over populating... or its the lack of science society is willing to fund. We have wars to pay for, and banks to bail out.If you can't afford a child, are grossly under prepared to take care of it, and cannot financially support your actions, CHOOSE to get rid of it, other wise (take note tax payers) society will take care of it for you via social services.. until we deem its not our responsibility to support the poor masses(I think we already have)

skoksvalley
skoksvalley

I am not happy that there are so many abortions, however there is no need to lie about the funding. Why not state the facts?If he lies about issues this serious what else does he lie about?

It seems that we have become so accustomed to our politicans (both parties, make that three parties) lying that we aren't phased by it anymore....

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

"If he lies about issues this serious what else does he lie about?"....................Well, since he's a good, upstanding CONservative,................Pretty much everything.

Not surprised
Not surprised

Kyl should just shut up. We have enough of an image problem (foot in mouth disease epidemic among our elected officials) He'd represent Arizona better that way.

That comment is right up there with "law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded" from Jan Brewer.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

Whoa! That's got to be the dumbest "statement" by Sen. Jon Kyle in recent times. Did he catch an arpaio disease? Albiet, I'm Pro-Life, so what the heck?

Rldiehl
Rldiehl

So, you're OK with 332,278 innocent lives being snuffed out, but, Kyl's exaggerating (If your "facts" are accurate) the figures-that really pisses you off.

Rampancy Project
Rampancy Project

So you're ok with  3,955,916 sexually transmitted infections being left untreated, 4,009,549 unplanned pregnancies, zero Prenatal care for 1,178,369 women, and 76,977 other medical conditions going untreated, and children left orphaned, because you want to snuff out care COMPLETELY for the low income families who DEPEND on Planned Parenthood as their ONLY SOURCE of medical care?

Really? How typically right-wing of you. But then, you folks don't give a rat's ass about the kids after they're born, the mothers of the kids before they are born, or anything at all other than making sure women who cannot provide for a child MUST carry the pregnancy to term, even if they end up in a homeless shelter with a child they can't even feed.

Rampancy Project
Rampancy Project

So you're ok with  3,955,916 sexually transmitted infections being left untreated, 4,009,549 unplanned pregnancies, zero Prenatal care for 1,178,369 women, and 76,977 other medical conditions going untreated, and children left orphaned, because you want to snuff out care COMPLETELY for the low income families who DEPEND on Planned Parenthood as their ONLY SOURCE of medical care?

Really? How typically right-wing of you. But then, you folks don't give a rat's ass about the kids after they're born, the mothers of the kids before they are born, or anything at all other than making sure women who cannot provide for a child MUST carry the pregnancy to term, even if they end up in a homeless shelter with a child they can't even feed. 

Shinobi21Shaw
Shinobi21Shaw

Those are "lives" or "people." Learn more about Science and less about the bible.

vic
vic

FACT, Planned Parenthood does not and never has performed abortions. The maneither lied or was in fact talking out of his ass. He cannot be gone from office soon enough.

Rob
Rob

Are You Sure About Thator just supposing ?I'm amazed at the number of " GUYS " posting as if they KNOW what planned parenthood is all about, do you go there often ? What services did you take part in ? and Yes I have been to planned parenthood and YES they DO preach Abortion ! I'm just confused where you guys get off thinking that they don't

Rampancy Project
Rampancy Project

Catholic churches everywhere preach unprotected sex, and yet I don't see anyone lobbying to cut their funding. 

Bob White
Bob White

Why were you at Planed Parenthood?Were you there with your church group standing out side chanting nasty and hateful things or did you knock up you daughter or your niece and all that you wanted to hear was about abortion?

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

Must have been a different planned parenthood than the one I voulenteered at. That one did "preach" but it was about sex ed and not abortion.

vic
vic

Besides being the mom to three, I was a patient at Planned Parenthood for aboutfive years for my yearly pap tests and to receive free birth control. Later, to give back for all the services they provided me, I volunteered there for a year. No, they do not Preach abortion Ever. If someone inquired about abortion services the phone number was given to them to get more info from the local women's health clinic which performs abortion for a fee. If someone inquired about adoption services, a different phone was given to them. That was in Illinois but as far as I know that is how Planned Parenthood works in all states.

A father of 2
A father of 2

And you are OK with Republicans Killing 300,000 plus Iraqis?Are you OK with TOBACCO killing more then 1,000,000 people a year?Are you OK with the Death penalty? Are you OK with more then 10 million traffic deaths a year?

So HOW MANY of those 332,278 babies can we put YOU down to adopt and take care of?How many babies for each and every one of your friends and family?How many of those 332,278 babies will your church be taking?

So lets review - ALL un-necessary loss of life is BAD and ALL people that are against abortion are willing to take at least 5 babies.

So now go to a planed parenthood clinic and instead of shouting at the mothers GO IN with them and give them money to eat right and get proper medical service and have them sign over their parental rights to YOU the second the baby is born because you have supported that baby.

If you can't support the baby then SHUT THE F**K UP, sit down and mind your own DAMNED business

Rob
Rob

I bet you put puppies in a bag and throw them in a river too

I can not believe so many of you are so detached from these " cells " that you don't even recognize them as human beings. really I do think you should be made to look at the "Fetus " in developementl stages and realize that you feel more for a Dog or a Cat to the point PETA puts commercials with Celebrities on the BOOB TUBE for you to " SUPPORT " and you would give your money to save a dog before you would a human child ! and YES most of you lame brains do not make sense that you would send every last dime you have to save the children of the war torn world and NOT put one dime to saving the life of an Unborn child Here in the United States of America. And the FOUL MOUTHS of disrespect toward people that DO value life could very well be the only reason some of you are even here today. Consider the effort to Stop Abortion may have saved YOU from being those Dead Cells in the Bio Tank Incenorator. Obama and many of nyou might consider that, When Obama was born his mother took a STAND to have that child, cause back then It Was NOT so widely accepted to give birth to mixed race children, Abortion was an OUT and it is STILL USED as Contraception today, More than any of you care to admit !

Queenbilen
Queenbilen

Have you ever heard of incest or rape?

Rampancy Project
Rampancy Project

10 million custodial mothers (read: Dad is a Deadbeat and abandoned his kid) would disagree with you. Want more say in what happens to your child? Stick around and support it. 

Or try this on for size: Don't go around knocking up random women if you're not sure they're going to carry your child to term. Form a relationship, talk about it before hand. It's really not that hard.

TWOTOTANGO
TWOTOTANGO

Does the father have any say?? or do we tell him as "father of 2" states, SHUT THE F**CK UP AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!???????

Kit Carson
Kit Carson

@Dianne Harris

Planned Parenthood doesn't use a dime of federal money to subsidize the abortions it performs, per federal law. It does use federal money to educate women on exactly the techniques you describe.

Without PP, the rate of abortions will skyrocket.

So, which do you prefer, 300,000 abortions, or some multiple of that.

These are the practical decisions that politicians can only evaluate when they deal with issues truthfully. By lying unapologetically, Kyl ensures no meaningful, rational discuss will occur, and no meaningful solutions will be forthcoming.

Dianne Harris
Dianne Harris

If a woman has the right to control her own reproductive process, then why can't she control it by not getting pregnant in the first place? There should not be any unwanted pregnancies this day and age with all of the ways to prevent it. I mean, there are male condoms, female condoms, diaphrams, IUD's, the pill (before & after), spermacides, foams, jells. So why so many abortions?

Repubithug
Repubithug

I bet you put puppies in a bag and throw them in a river too

I like to take each puppy out the mothers womb about 1 month early and hang them pitch forks and invite my republican friends over and we take turns using Arizona's Official handgun and start by shooting of their little legs one at a time. Its my god given right to have a gun so I will use it any way I see fit.

A father of 2
A father of 2

Rob,Have you ever been in the position where an abortion might be needed?

My wife and I have been in that situation with our second child.

In the second trimester we got a lab result back that indicated I extremely high possibility that the embryo could be genetically damaged. If it was brought to full term and it was severely damaged the probability that child at that point would be permanently in need of around the clock care for the rest of it's life was near 100%.As I said we already had 1 small child just over a year old that we also had to think about.It is perfectly fine for my wife and I to say that yeah no matter what we will look after this damaged being since it was our fault that we let it come into being in such a damaged state. But what happens when My wife and I pass on? Then the BURDEN passes on to our first child. What if my first child is not in a position to provide around the clock care for their sibling? Then that responsibility falls to the state and now this damaged being is a ward of the state. Now this being (who might have a great mind trapped in a broken and useless body, or might just be a mass of tissue that is barely able to make the heart beat and lungs respire) is now STORED in a state funded long term care facility and will be subjected to the monstrous behavior that has been shown over and over again to happen to those that can not care for themselves.

Who is it that pays for those state run long term care facilities? That's right TAXPAYERS. What actions have taxpayers recently allowed to happen? That's right cutting of funding to provide care services.

But according to you ROB, if this was the case then we should have allowed this mass of cells to come into being and then destroyed the life of our other child and then in the end left a helpless being to suffer with NO quality of life and NO way to make their wishes , wants and desires known and for that being to suffer unspeakable horrors at the hands of taxpayer paid predators.

So ROB what gives you the right to make that decision for me, my wife, my fist child and this unfortunate being? WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO DO THAT!!!!!

Just to let you all know the second and third more indepth test came back as normal and our second child was born healthy. Unfortunately when that child hit puberty a genetic abnormality did turn up and so now this person has to cope with this genetic problem for the rest of their life.

So Rob, I have had to contemplate this most desperate action at a very close and personal level and I have had to contemplate the consequence for each choice. Both the taking of a life and what could happen to a helpless being if allowed to be brought to term.

Have you ever had to contemplate this ultimate choice ROB or do you just react in a KNEE JERK response or the way that you told to respond by a religious leader?

You said"And the FOUL MOUTHS of disrespect toward people that DO value life could very well be the only reason some of you are even here today."

What do you think you just did to me with the NON-SENSE you typed?You just said that I would rather save a dog then NOT KILL a bunch of CELLS. Now that I gave you a bit of my back ground do you still think that?

Are you one of those jack asses that stand out in front of a clinic where these procedures are performed and TORMENT the already upset mothers with rancorous cat calls, taunts and threats? Do you stop those jack asses that do that if you are not one?Then in your own words why are you "FOUL MOUTHS of disrespect toward people that DO value life "?

Again you said "Abortion was an OUT and it is STILL USED as Contraception today, More than any of you care to admit ! "When was the last time that you ROB, stopped a mother that has considered all the consequences of the action that she is about to have done and helped her or that family in a financial way, in a shelter and sustenance way?Have you stayed in the child's life supplying ALL the support that the mother and or farther can not so that child does not wind up in prison or in a life of crime and eventually on death row?When have you ROB ever truly ever helped one of the mothers that have to use this ultimate solution?

Or do you just whine and bitch at people in a situation that you have never found yourself in?

SO as I said before either HELP the MOTHER out of the situation that brought her to this decision or SHUT THE F**K UP, sit down and mind your own DAMNED business

teknik1200
teknik1200

a woman has the right to control her own reproductive process. a fetus has no life in and of itself. it is a part of the woman.

the choice is hers to make and hers to make alone.

Anon
Anon

Well said.

cris levin
cris levin

You sure have no problem with thousands of real people dying because of no healthcare, or whole country dissppear due to sea level rise,

That is, consider your love towards a bunch of cells. Innocent lives, lol, why dont ypu go transplant them to your belly, carry them, and adopt them.

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

I'm not ok with elected officials blatantly lying.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

So you're OK with Kyl and his CONservative buddies lying to you to influence your opinion?

Guesty
Guesty

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