Fact-Checking the Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Vox: During Congress’ Planned Parenthood hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) showed this chart to make the point about Planned Parenthood’s activities:

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“This is not how charts work! Since 935,573 is a larger number than 327,653, the pink line should be above the red line. Here’s what you get if you chart the numbers accurately:”

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“The chart is misleading in another way, too. It’s true that Planned Parenthood performed 290,000 abortions and 2 million cancer-related services in 2006. But the organization also provided more than 3 million treatments for sexually transmitted diseases and nearly 4 million contraceptive services that year. By 2013, the number of STD treatments had gone up to 4.5 million, while the number of contraceptive services declined modestly to 3.6 million.”

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