Montana Politics

Warburton Lies Some More About Abortion


Representative Warburton is at it again, lying about abortion rates to justify her personal and partisan crusade against abortion rights and Planned Parenthood. In today’s Independent Record, she argues that it’s appropriate to cut funding for Planned Parenthood because abortion rates are not declining:

“After decades of giving Planned Parenthood billions of dollars (nationwide), they have not changed those numbers,” Warburton said. “It certainly doesn’t justify giving them more taxpayer money.”

Once again, the facts show, the words of Stephen Colbert, their well-known liberal bias. According to the Guttmacher Insittute, abortion rates in the Montana and the United States have drastically declined in the past two decades, from 20.7 legal abortions per 1,000 women in 1991 to 12.3 in 2008. The period of steepest decline? During the presidency of Bill Clinton, when family planning services weren’t being demonized and defunded.


Of course, Representative Warburton often lies to make her case about reproductive health. Just last week, she presented false evidence to the House to support her attacks on Planned Parenthood.

As long as the media lets her get away with it, why would she stop?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • “The Guttmacher Institute in 1968 was founded as the “Center for Family Planning Program Development”, a semi-autonomous division of The Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”

    A survey showing the awesomeness of Planned Parenthood, conducted by an off-shoot group of Planned Parenthood to prove once and for all that Planned Parenthood is totally awesome in helping women and teenaged girls totally Plan for Parenthood…

  • You’re right. I’m quite certain they made up the statistics.

    Do you have some to counter theirs? Of course not.

    I know the stupidity with you is almost a reflex, but if you could read, you’d see the post has nothing to do with how “awesome” Planned Parenthood is, and everything to do with how dishonest Representative Warburton is.

  • One gripe. You left out the two paragraphs in that story that directly preceded Warburton’s quote.

    “She says the rate of abortion has not dropped dramatically despite continued public funding of contraception.
    In Montana, the number of abortions peaked in 1982 at 4,175, gradually dropped to around 2,200 in 2002, but has been holding steady since that time.”

    I assume by you saying the media is letting her get away with this, you’re wanting a brighter light on her lies and hypocrisy. Understandable. But I just want to point out this story DOES give evidence that her statements are indeed false, directly after paraphrasing her.

  • That’s fair. I guess I feel like stories should more overtly say that.

    I would prefer “Warburton’s information is not borne out by the statistics” or something similar. Given that she publicly mentioned a discredited article last week in her testimony and social media without getting called on it, I think the media can be more direct.

    Thanks for the fair clarification, though.

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