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Desperate Planned Parenthood CEO's Newest Lie Is So Bad, Even Lib Fact Checkers Are Tearing Her Apart

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Planned Parenthood is no stranger to lies and deception.

But when its lies are so egregious that even the left-leaning Washington Post has to call out the organization, you know Planned Parenthood has given up any pretense of being credible.

First, let me tell you the lie.

Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, has repeatedly claimed that “thousands of women died ever year” prior to Roe v. Wade because of botched abortions.

Wen has told the blatant lie many times including here, here and here.

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The Washington Post, a bastion of left-leaning ideology and no champion of the pro-life cause, took the time to fact-check Wen’s claims.

The verdict result: four Pinocchios. That is The Post’s highest rating for a dishonest statement.

In determining that Wen’s claims were “whoppers” of lies, the fact-checking article pointed to a couple of key points.

First, collecting data from that time period is difficult. Paper upon paper cited numbers based on theories and speculation. Little or no hard data backed up the claims that Wen, and other anti-life advocates, have been parroting.

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The Post revealed that Wen’s assertions were derived from “crude estimates,” lack of citations, lack of explanations, “fuzzy” numbers, and disregard for “rigorous calculations.” Next, The Post noted that by 1959 (14 years before Roe), a leading researcher had already declared that “abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure.” (Obviously, that’s not true for the baby.)

The conclusion of The Post’s assessment of Wen’s repeated assertions is so damning that I would be doing a disservice to keep you from reading its glorious entirety:

“Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors. They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics. Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.

“Wen’s repeated use of this number reminds us of the shoddy data used by human trafficking opponents. Unsafe abortion is certainly a serious issue, especially in countries with inadequate medical facilities. But advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny. These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.”

That’s some red-hot fire right there. It isn’t Planned Parenthood’s first lie and it certainly won’t be the last.

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In the future, the good people of the pro-life movement can’t leave it up to The Washington Post to do their bidding. We must be vigilant. We must be truthful.

And we must never become complacent about death or the people who peddle its lies.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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