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Roundup: Kyl's "Not Factual" Statement Removed From Congressional Record

Senator Kyl removes his "not intended to be factual" statement about Planned Parenthood from the Congressional Record; Minnesota state representative finds United Church of Christ minister and ACLU "disgusting;" and an anti-choice group demands that a state-funded teen sexual health site be shut down.

  • Senator Jon Kyl’s “not intended to be factual statement” about Planned Parenthood has been stricken from the Congressional Record. The senator from Arizona had originally said, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” The record now reads, “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does.” (Yes, members of Congress can do that.)
  • A Minnesota state representative declared a United Church of Christ minister and the ACLU “disgusting” after each testified against a ban on taxpayer funding for abortion. The minister had read a poem about the difficulty of facing an unplanned pregnancy, and the ACLU stated Minnesota Supreme Court case law. 
  • An anti-choice group in Massachusetts is up in arms about a website marketed to teens that teaches about sexual health and provides fact-based information about Massachusetts laws. Massachusetts Citizens for Life is demanding that, which is produced by the AIDS Action Committee and is funded by a grant from the state Department of Public Health, be shut down immediately. The site speaks to teens in their own language, and comes from the perspective of a fictional teen named Maria, who gets information from her OB/GYN aunt.

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