I'd just like to thank Lawrence O'Donnell for sharing his friend's very powerful and moving email on the air tonight. After taking Jon Kyl to task for his lie about Planned Parenthood on the floor of the Senate today, O'Donnell read the friends email from his Blackberry and got choked up to the point where he barely managed to finish it.
Think Progress has more on Jon Kyl's nonsense -- Kyl Walks Back Planned Parenthood Claim: It ‘Was Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement’:
As ThinkProgress reported earlier today, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) defended Republicans’ willingness to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood by falsely claiming that abortion is “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” In reality, just three percent of its work is related to abortion. This afternoon, CNN brought on Planned Parenthood’s Judy Tabar to discuss his comment. During the interview, CNN anchor Don Lemon relayed a statement from Kyl’s office walking back the comment, claiming the statement was not meant to be “factual”:
LEMON: We did call his office trying to ask what he was talking about there. And I just want to give it you verbatim here. It says, ‘his remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions.’
Lawrence O'Donnell also shared this chart which Ezra Klein featured in his article at The Washington Post -- What Planned Parenthood actually does.