GOP Congressman Fooled By Year-Old Onion Story On Planned Parenthood ‘Abortionplex’


Back in May of last year, The Onion wrote a silly article satirizing the growing ridiculousness of the charges being levied against Planned Parenthood entitled “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.” Unfortunately, due in part to the anti-PP tidal wave being brought forth by conservative media and the sad fact that there were still people in 2011 that didn’t understand The Onion or satire, a number of people thought the article was real, sharing it on social media platforms. There were so many of these misguided people that their response inspired the fantastic blog Literally Unbelievable, a site dedicated to sharing the tweets and Facebook posts of confused Onion readers. We wrote about the site last May and, nearly a year later, it’s still going strong. Today they even shared a post by someone who was still being fooled by that “Abortionplex” gag. The amazing thing is, though, that that person is a member of Congress.

Yep, lets take a look at the (since deleted, of course) Facebook post from Louisiana’s GOP Rep. John Fleming:

Wow. Not only is this article from The Onion. Not only is it nine months old. Not only does it have the term “Abortionplex” in the headline. The whole thing is also patently ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Lets take a look at the text from the article one of our elected officials believes was real.

“‘The Abortionplex’s high-tech machinery is capable of terminating one pregnancy every three seconds,’ Richards added. ‘That’s almost a million abortions every month. We’re so thrilled!’

The remaining space is dedicated to amenities such as coffee shops, bars, dozens of restaurants and retail outlets, a three-story nightclub, and a 10-screen multiplex theater—features intended not only to help clients relax, but to foster a sense of community and make abortion more of a social event.

‘We really want abortion to become a regular part of women’s lives, especially younger women who have enough fertile years ahead of them to potentially have dozens of abortions,’ said Richards, adding that the Abortionplex would provide shuttle service to and from most residences, schools, and shopping malls in the region.”


I sure am glad that well-informed people like John Fleming who have such a solid grasp on reality have the legal ability to fund and defund organizations that help tons of Americans. Keep up the good work running America, John!

(h/t The Hill via Jim Romenesko)

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