Blogs - The President's Desk
March 11, 2012
Chronicling Leftist Lies
Chronicling leftist lies: “98% of Catholic women use contraception”
As you already know, one of the Obamacare mandates is that employers provide free abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Most people see this as only affecting Catholics, but it affects everyone with a conscience and has been referred to by many of my lawmaker friends as the most blatant attack on religious freedom in living memory. Those who speak out are accused of being “against women’s health.”
One of the Obama administration talking points involves going on the offensive against Catholics by accusing them of hypocrisy. Obama administration flacks scream over and over again, “Ninety-eight percent of Catholic women use contraceptives!”
At Summit, we teach our students to counter every fact claim with the question, “How do you know that’s true?”
So how do we know this “98%” statistic is true? On Saturday Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company and a frequent commentator on news programs across the country, explained this to my friends and me:
1. This statistic comes from a poll conducted by a Democratic polling firm called Public Policy Polling (PPP)—hardly an unbiased source.
2. The poll was conducted on behalf of Planned Parenthood which distorts the truth as a matter of practice.
3. Women who reported not being sexually active were screened out of the study.
4. The only women included in the study were women ages 18-44 who were purposefully trying to not get pregnant.
This has got to be one of the worst studies ever done—fraudulent to its very core. Shame on the Obama administration for promoting it, and shame on us for not calling their bluff.