Lawrence O’Donnell mounted a highly emotional and personal defense of Planned Parenthood on his Friday show. Until a government shutdown was narrowly averted on Friday night, the organization’s federal funding had been the last major obstacle to a budget deal between Republicans and Democrats.
O’Donnell first zeroed in on Sen. Jon Kyl’s assertion (which he was later forced to retract) that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion related. He called Kyl a “nice guy” who had told a “horrible lie” that he said was fed to him by “fanatical enemies of Planned Parenthood who hate the idea that the word ‘planned’ should ever come before the word ‘parenthood.'”
O’Donnell then showed charts which demonstrated that, actually, only around three percent of the organization’s resources go towards abortion services, with the rest going to various screening and sexual health services. (None of the abortion services are funded with federal money either.) He said that Kyl’s false statement would not be forgotten. “Lies that big…do not go unnoticed in the Senate,” he said. “Jon Kyl will never again be trusted by Senators, including Republican Senators, as a source of reliable facts.”