Jeb Bush has argued that Planned Parenthood doesn’t take care of women’s health issues. Politifact has evaluated his statement and determined that it’s a bald-faced lie.
Bush made the statement on August 25 during a town hall meeting in Englewood, Colorado, after he was asked about his record on women’s health, and what he would do as president.
“When I was governor, we expanded those programs through community-based organizations, and that’s something I think the federal government needs to do,” said Bush. “I, for one, don’t think Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny, though. And that’s the difference because they’re not actually doing women’s health issues. They’re involved in something way different than that.”
Even setting aside the performance of abortions, Planned Parenthood offers a wide range of services to women, as Politifact points out:
The organization offers contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, prenatal services and cancer screenings, including breast exams.
Jeb Bush is acting like all the other GOP candidates. He is stating solely what he believes his base wants to hear, rather than seriously talking about the issues and how to improve American lives.