Accuracy in Media

Isn’t that unusual to cite an organization’s own internal numbers and use that as the sole source? That’s what NPR did during last night’s presidential debate surrounding Planned Parenthood and the abortion topic:

According to Planned Parenthood’s own numbers, about 9 percent of its services are cancer screenings. An additional 42 percent of its services go to treating sexually transmitted diseases and infections and 34 percent are contraceptive services. The organization says only 3 percent of its services are abortion-related. However, these numbers only reflect the proportion of services, not how much money is spent on those services.

By our count, that adds to 88% of services have been described as cancer screenings, STD treatments, contraceptive services and abortion-related. What are the final 12% of services, NPR?

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