Rush Limbaugh never misses a chance to smear Planned Parenthood.
On Tuesday Limbaugh claimed that Planned Parenthood was aware of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's alleged crimes --which include 8 murders--but did nothing:
"Folks, that is profound to me. We know what was going on in Gosnell’s… House of horrors doesn’t describe what was going on in there. And now we find out that Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood knew all along."
As usual, the truth is quite at odds with Limbaugh's account.
Limbaugh's accusation--one of many from conservative media outlets--was "based on" comments made by Dayle Steinberg, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania.
What Steinberg actually said was that women complained to Planned Parenthood about the "conditions" at Gosnell's clinic. Steinberg added that Planned Parenthood always encouraged women with complaints to contact the Department of Health.
Following the manufactured controversy, Steinberg wrote a letter to the editor of the Philadephia Inquirer to clarify her comments:
In a recent article about a forum on women's health and rights , I was quoted as saying that some women complained to Planned Parenthood staff over the years about Kermit Gosnell's facility, and our staff told them to report it to the state. This does not fully reflect what I actually said.
I said the same thing that I have been saying over the last two years: When Gosnell was arrested, I asked our staff if anyone had ever heard of him, and clinic staff members reported that a few women over the years said they were concerned about the uncleanliness of his facility and came to Planned Parenthood instead.
Our staff told these women that issues of cleanliness should be reported to state officials. If we had heard anything remotely like the conditions that have since come to light about Gosnell's facility, of course we would have alerted the state and other authorities.
Nobody who believes in good health care, access to safe and legal abortion, and respect for women would ever look at Kermit Gosnell's facility and call it a health-care center. He preyed on women in their most vulnerable moments.
President and CEO
The truth of the matter is, Rush Limbaugh preys on news in its most vulnerable moment. In this case, he twisted the words someone expressing their concern about an ongoing criminal case to make it look like they covered up murder. That's downright slanderous.