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Wed Jul 10, 2013, 05:24 PM

Rick Perry Lies, Claims Abortion is Second-Most Common Surgery in U.S.

On two different radio shows last Monday, Rick Perry claimed that abortion is the second-most common surgery in the United States.

That's a complete lie.

On a list of the 25 most common American surgeries produced by the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons, abortion does not appear at all. PolitiFact Texas gave Perry's claim a "Pants on Fire" rating and said this: "This claim not only lacks a factual basis, it's ridiculous."

Abortions aren't even surgeries. Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told PolitiFact that abortions are "minimally invasive" procedures that do not involve surgical cutting. "We call these procedures, not surgeries," Levy said. "I don't even think it's appropriate to talk about" abortion "as a surgical procedure."

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13763/rick-perry-lies-claims-abortion-is-secondmost-common-surgery-in-us .

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Reply Rick Perry Lies, Claims Abortion is Second-Most Common Surgery in U.S. (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jul 2013 OP
Schuby Jul 2013 #1
TexasTowelie Jul 2013 #2
Ilsa Jul 2013 #3
onestepforward Jul 2013 #5
Ilsa Jul 2013 #4
onestepforward Jul 2013 #6
hobbit709 Jul 2013 #7
Heywood J Jul 2013 #8

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:30 PM

1. Perry's sister and "surgery centers"

He would like to redefine them as surgeries to push his bill restricting abortions to clinics with ambulatory surgery centers ( I think only about 5 in Texas). Surprise, surprise, his sister is an executive at a company that operates ambulatory surgery centers. She stands to make a lot of money.

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Response to Schuby (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:44 PM

2. Welcome to DU!

The picture became clearer with the reminder of the possible financial gains that Perry's sister has regarding this legislation.

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Response to Schuby (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:09 PM

3. Wow. Helluva post. Welcome to DU.

I'm going to link your post here out in GD or another hot thread.

Do you know Perry's sister's name? On edit: Answer: Milla Perry Jones

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 11:33 PM

5. Here's a handy picture that Kpete posted earlier:

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Response to Schuby (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:18 PM

4. I starteda thread in GD on this

linking to the Salon article which quotes the Houston Chronicle.

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Response to Schuby (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 12:01 AM

6. Welcome to DU!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 06:55 AM

7. If Rick's lips are moving he's lying. That's a given.

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