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WOW: Beto O’Rourke Claims That Planned Parenthood Saves Lives

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one abortion mill, snuffs out more unborn lives than does any other entity presently operating in the United States. But apparently former Texas congressman and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke thinks that Planned Parenthood actually saves lives.

Yes, really.

The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra tweeted out a video yesterday of the underlying incident:

And here is the full video from the Republican National Committee’s “GOP War Room” account:

In the exchange, O’Rourke is asked how, if elected president, he would safeguard “safe and legal abortion” throughout the nation. O’Rourke then says, “as we shut down all these family planning clinics in my home state of Texas, we’ve made it so hard for women to just get any kind of healthcare at all — including access to a legal, safe abortion.” He continued, “When I connect the fact that family planning clinics — Planned Parenthood, to be specific — in Texas is saving the lives of our fellow women, and it’s a life-and-death matter in this country.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Planned Parenthood reported a whopping 332,757 abortions conducted in the U.S. last year — averaging out to over 900 per day:

The number of abortions by Planned Parenthood increased by 11,373 over the course of a year, according to the organization’s 2017-2108 annual report released this weekend.

The report shows that Planned Parenthood conducted 332,757 abortions for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, an increase from 321,384 during the previous fiscal year.

Abortions make up 3.4 percent of the services Planned Parenthood performs, an increase from 3 percent the previous year. More than half of its clinics, or 357 out of roughly 600, provide medication abortions, which women can use up to roughly 10 weeks into a pregnancy. The annual report does not indicate the amount of revenue collected from providing abortions. Some health insurance companies cover abortions, other women receive financial help, and others pay out of pocket.

Alas, O’Rourke seems rather indifferent to these positively galling figures.

This is hardly the first time this week that O’Rourke has made unfortunate national headlines. As The Daily Wire reported on Wednesday, an officer at the scene of the presidential candidate’s well-documented 1998 DWI crash scene recently confirmed that O’Rourke tried to flee the scene of the wreck he caused back then. The Texas Tribune noted:

The former police officer who arrested Beto O’Rourke for driving drunk in 1998, along with the sergeant who signed the incident report, both say they believe now what they reported at the time: that O’Rourke tried to leave the scene of the wreck he caused.

O’Rourke admits he was intoxicated and says there is no justification for his actions, but he has denied that he tried to flee. …

Neither the investigating officer, Richard Carrera, nor his former supervisor, Gary Hargrove, specifically recalls the events of that night more than 20 years ago. But both of the former Anthony Police Department officers told The Texas Tribune they have no doubt the report they compiled and signed is accurate.

“I believe we have contradicting stories here,” said Carrera, who arrested the 26-year-old O’Rourke and took him to a police station to undergo a breath test. “I stand by my report.”