We posted last week about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s acknowledgement that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin never provided mammograms; when Gov. Scott Walker recently ended PPWI’s eligibility to participate in a state program that provided cancer screenings to low-income women, mainstream media erupted, predictably.
Then, Rep. Gwen Moore (she of Ramen noodle fame) weighed in on Twitter.
From PolitiFact Wisconsin:
Twice on Dec. 27, 2011, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., accused Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of eliminating a cancer-screening program for low-income women.
“Scott Walker cuts cancer screenings for uninsured women, offers no alternatives,” read Moore’s first statement on Twitter, the online messaging site that has some 200 million account holders.
“Walker kills women’s cancer screening program for political gain,” her second tweet claimed.
So did Walker kill a cancer-screening program for poor women?
In a word: No.
1. The contract in question was for helping women sign up for and get the screenings, not the screenings themselves. The screenings are separate. Some are done by Planned Parenthood, but they also are done by other health care providers.
2. Walker’s administration did end Planned Parenthood’s contract — but neither the assistance Planned Parenthood provided, nor the screenings themselves, ever ended. Indeed, the change put the four counties on par with how the program is handled in most of the rest of the state.
When we asked Moore spokeswoman Nicole Williams if she had additional evidence to back Moore’s charges against Walker, she provided a news release from Planned Parenthood. But that release made clear both the assistance and the screenings would continue.
So let’s see how Moore, who counts Planned Parenthood as an ally, got it all wrong.
That last line is a pretty strong statement from a newspaper who publicly wished PPWI a “Happy75th Birthday” and claims aborted fetal tissue research is necessary for our state’s economy.
Unfortunately, mainstream media swirls around in a liberal abyss. Journalists are (finally, perhaps?) starting to recognize that not every single word uttered by Planned Parenthood is accurate. But because abortion is perceived as such a necessity — for the poor, for those conceived in rape, for those diagnosed with a fetal abnormality, or, for those who believe the lie that a baby would derail their plans for the future — the MJS again proves that liberals are able to hold their noses and look the other way when it comes to abortion providers and abortion supporters.