The second 2012 presidential debate, the one in which Mitt Romney faced off against Barack Obama and CNN’s Candy Crowley, is best remembered for Obama’s Benghazi lie.

The lie was so consequential people quickly forgot about Obama’s Planned Parenthood deceit, but first a refresher on Benghazi.

“You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you are saying?” Romney pressed Obama.

Obama had long counted on the media to manage his corner, but this time Crowley climbed into the ring to help tag team the unsuspecting Mormon.

After a moment’s hesitation, Obama shouted out, “Get the transcript,” and the camera panned to Crowley waving a piece of paper. “He did in fact, sir, call …” said Crowley hesitantly to Romney, “so let me call it an act of terror.”

Obama jumped back in, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy.” She obliged, “He did call it an act of terror.” With that spectacular bit of media malpractice, Crowley and CNN preserved the political future of Barack Obama.

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On the question of women’s health, Obama proved as deceitful as he had on Benghazi. “When Governor 
Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood,” Obama pontificated, “
there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on 
Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it
 for mammograms.”

Obama was, if not in good company, at least in plentiful company. This was a fraud Planned Parenthood had been feasting on for years.

In talking about the potential passage of a House bill to defund Planned Parenthood in 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health-care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms.”

In a 2012 press release, Richards’ organization boasted, “Planned Parenthood helps women nationwide get access to mammograms, as part of the range of health care Planned Parenthood health centers provide.”

At the congressional hearing on Tuesday, however, Richards figured it wiser to make a clean breast of things while under oath.

Well, not entirely clean. “We do not have mammogram machines at our health centers and we’ve never stated that we did,” Richards fudged.

But then again this industry has always depended on lies and half-truths. At an April 2013 Planned Parenthood event in Washington, D.C., Obama did something exceptionally evasive even by his own loose standards.

He gave a 1,700-word speech to America’s leading provider of abortions – 327,166 in the previous calendar year, more than the population of Tampa – without mentioning the word “abortion.”

This would be like giving a speech at Cooperstown without mentioning baseball and filling the void with talk of pennants waved and hot dogs sold.

Like many abortion supporters, Obama preferred “right to choose,” a phrase he used four times, though he never specified what the choices were.

And for good reason. Planned Parenthood is not particularly keen on letting pregnant women know their options. In 2012, for every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood doctors aborted 149 unborn babies.

Avoiding abortion, Obama stuck to the conceit that many women saw Planned Parenthood as “their primary source of health care – not just for contraceptive care.”

As a “primary source” of health care the neighborhood CVS MiniClinic serves women better than Planned Parenthood.

Given the audience, though, Obama knew enough not to repeat the mammogram canard he uttered at the debate. It might have been a laugh line.

In promoting any product, one is schooled to sell the benefits more so than the features. In promoting Planned Parenthood, Obama refused to mention the product, let alone the features, and couched the benefits in the Orwellian language of abortion-speak.

“Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today,” said Obama, “because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.”

Apparently, he would have hated to see this woman, as he said of his daughters in one of his more startling Kinsley gaffes, “punished with a baby.”

The irony, of course, is that if Roe v. Wade had been operative in 1961, Ann Dunham, too, might have been “breathing easier” because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood, and the world would not have been punished with Barack Obama.

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