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Sen. Kyl Erases His False Statement On Planned Parenthood From Congressional Record


On April 8, Kyl said that, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." Following the change, the Congressional Record now reads, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does."

Soon after Kyl delivered his false claim, critics pointed out that abortions actually make up only about 3% of Planned Parenthood's services. Kyl's office then issued a clarification, saying his claim was not intended to be a factual statement.

Yet that only prompted a bigger backlash over the statement. Stephen Colbert repeatedly mocked Kyl on his show, and peppered Twitter with false statements about Kyl -- such as, "For the past ten years, Jon Kyl has been two children in a very convincing Jon Kyl suit" -- all tagged with the disclaimer that they were not intended to be factual statement either.

So even though Kyl has had his remarks removed from the official legislative record, his legacy as Archduke Ferdinand's assassin and the saboteur of the Apollo 13 space mission lives on.