Kids, I’m sure by now you heard about Jon Kyl’s claims about Planned Parenthood that he made on the Senate floor:
If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood. And that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.
After he got slapped around by almost everyone who did a little fact-checking (from The Philadelphia Inquirer)…
Abortion constitutes 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. More than 90 percent of the organization’s services, 96 percent if you prefer specifics – Kyl, apparently, does not – are for contraception, cancer screening, detection and treatment of sexually transmitted disease, and other health issues.
…the senator’s office issued this statement:
His remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions.
Stephen Colbert and his fans had a bit of fun with that on Twitter, and I thought I’d add a few more things that are not intended to be factual statements that you might not have known about Jon Kyl. For one thing, Jon Kyl was born a Muslim…
His middle name is Llewellyn. (That really is a factual statement.)
Jon Kyl put himself through the University of Arizona by working as an exotic dancer. His signature move was to make teabags twirl in opposite directions…
Jon Kyl has been to Planned Parenthood 100 times as a patient, yet he only had 3 abortions. Oh, and he has a wicked Ronald Reagan tattoo!