The mistruth that was “not intended to be a factual statement” is now nowhere to be found on the official Congressional minutes.
During the budget negotiations, Republican Arizona Senator Jon Kyl took the floor to speak out against Planned Parenthood, rattling off that the health centers use 90% of their funding for abortions. One problem: his math was way off. Planned Parenthood only uses 3% of funding for abortion services.
After encountering a slew of ridicule – and realistic numbers – his office issued a laughable retraction, claiming his dialogue was “not intended to be a factual statement,” which, expectedly, garnered even more ridicule than his original statement.
(More on TIME.com: See Stephen Colbert’s ridicule of Kyl’s statement)
Clearly embarrassed by his misspeak, Kyl made use of a provision to strike the statement from the official Congressional Record. The Library of Congress notes that senators are allowed to “edit the transcript of their floor remarks before publication in the daily record or the permanent record.”
As it reads in print, the remark has been clarified to erase the mention of any numbers. It reads: “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does.” Thank you for the factual statement, Senator Kyl.
(More on TIME.com: See the Republican assault on Planned Parenthood)