Michele Bachmann made up "LensCrafters of Big Abortion" quote
Bachmann brings the bosh to Iowa.
"The executive director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said they want to become the LensCrafters of big abortion in Illinois," Michele Bachmann told Iowa social conservatives on Monday.
A Planned Parenthood executive said that?
CNN's Anderson Cooper put it this way last night: "She's made up a quote."
Here's what happened.
A couple of years ago, Planned Parenthood embarked on a program to launch express family planning "clothes on" clinics in shopping malls. You want some STD counseling right down the sidewalk from Starbucks? Planned Parenthood's there for you.
"I like to think of it as the LensCrafters of family planning," Illinois Planned Parenthood executive Steve Trombley told the Wall Street Journal in 2008. A clinic visit ought to be no harder than stopping by to get your eyes checked.
There's even one of those express clinics in Woodbury, which is part of Bachmann's district.
But Trombley's quote got lost in the fun house that is Bachman's drive for political power. She put words in Trombley's mouth in order to scare the bejeebus out of her fans. Cooper called her out last night.
Naturally, Planned Parenthood wasn't amused, deriding Bachmann for her "cynical and coldhearted" attack. And she pissed off LensCrafters to boot: The company called her office and told her to keep it out of her overheated political rhetoric.
The congresswoman's office called the company's anger "perfectly understandable."
Next, Bachmann's off to New Hampshire, where she's trying to figure out if she's a credible candidate for president. Will tea partiers see her a little more clearly now?
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