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Sen. Jon Kyl Corrects Erroneous Statement On Planned Parenthood

Sen. Jon Kyl in Phoenix announcing his retirement as wife, Caryll Kyle, listens, Feb. 10, 2011. i i

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Sen. Jon Kyl in Phoenix announcing his retirement as wife, Caryll Kyle, listens, Feb. 10, 2011.

Sen. Jon Kyl in Phoenix announcing his retirement as wife, Caryll Kyle, listens, Feb. 10, 2011.

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Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) got a lot of grief after saying, during a speech on the floor, that "well over 90 percent" of Planned Parenthood's activities are related to abortion. The number is actually 3 percent and when it was pointed out, Kyl's office put out a clarification, saying the Senator's statements weren't intended to be "factual."

As Frank reported over at It's All Politics, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert had great fun at Kyl's expense on his show and on Twitter, where Colbert put out a bunch of statements that weren't intended to be factual. Like this one:

Jon Kyl claims the craziest thing he's ever done was that time he ate pancakes for dinner.#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

Now, Politico reports that Kyl has stricken the phrase from the Congressional Record. And, yes, Talking Points Memo reports, Congress is allowed to do that:

According to the Library of Congress website, members of Congress are entitled to, "edit the transcript of their floor remarks before publication in the daily record or the permanent record."

On April 8, Kyl said that, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." Following the change, the Congressional Record now reads, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does."

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