The Hill is reporting that Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) was duped by the satirical news outlet the Onion after he (or whoever runs his Facebook page) reportedly reposted a story on his Facebook page about Planned Parenthood’s plans to open an "$8 billion Abortionplex."
The article, which is months old, was reposted on the paper's website last week amidst controversy over the Susan G. Komen Foundation's announcement — later retracted — that it wouldn't provide grants to Planned Parenthood because it was under congressional investigation. The breast cancer charity had previously provided funding for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics. Ensuing criticism from abortion rights and women's health advocates led to a reversal of that decision.
The Onion's article was a satire aimed at opponents of Planned Parenthood, who often denounce the organization for performing abortions.
"Although we've traditionally dedicated 97 percent of our resources to other important services such as contraception distribution, cancer screening, and STD testing, this new complex allows us to devote our full attention to what has always been our true passion: abortion," the article facetiously quotes Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards as saying.
But Fleming — or whoever on his congressional staff is responsible for updating his Facebook page — took the article at face value. The post has since been removed, but not before being posted on Literally Unbelievable, a blog that chronicles instances of Facebook users who believe Onion stories are real.
"More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale," Fleming's comment reads.
We hope Rep. Fleming and his staff will use this moment to familiarize themselves with the actual policies of Planned Parenthood. We also hope they are now familiar with the Onion.
Read more at the Hill.