Last week, amid the Religious Right freak-out over the Obama administration’s rule requiring health insurance plans to cover contraception, the Family Research Council hastily organized a webcast to rally the opposition called “Healthcare Mandate: Violating the Separation of Church and State.”
Among the guests was Sen. Orrin Hatch who claimed that the issue was not about contraception but rather about abortion as he asserted that abortion constitutes 95% of what Planned Parenthood does as an organization:
If that sounds familiar, it is probably because Sen. John Kyl made the same claim last year. Kyl’s claims was so thoroughly debunked as patently false [in reality, it is about 3%] that his office was reduced to laughably asserting that “his remark was not intended to be a factual statement.”
Apparently Hatch missed that entire spectacle, or simply doesn’t care, as he freely repeating the falsehood as FRC’s Tony Perkins assured him that he was correct.