Today, Planned Parenthood released its annual report the fiscal year 2017-2018. Considering the latest facts and figures, here are five, basic things you and everyone else should know about this organization:
Abortions continue to be their booming business.
This last year, 332,757 unborn babies were aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. That’s an increase of 11,373 abortions.
That makes the abortion chain the largest abortion provider in the nation for another year running, performing between one-third and one-half of all abortions in the U.S (based on estimates from the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute).
It’s interesting to note: Planned Parenthood performs 118 abortions for every one adoption referral.
There was a decline in “other women’s health services”
As the National Review reports:
“The number of non-abortion services provided at Planned Parenthood clinics decreased in nearly every major category during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Planned Parenthood’s provision of contraception decreased by 80,000, cancer screenings by 45,000, and other “women’s health services” such as well-woman exams and prenatal services decreased by 13,000. The only category of services that significantly increased, other than abortion procedures, was tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, which went up by 300,000.”
But this is just the little picture – the big picture shows a dramatic drop in non-abortion services all around. It has been reported that from 2012-2017, total services have dropped 13%. Cancer screenings and prevention services have plummeted 41%. This includes a 39% drop in breast exams and a 43% drop in pap tests. Meanwhile, contraceptive services have declined 28%.
Did we mention they do NOT provide mammograms?
The 3% claim is a farce.
332,757 is a shocking number of abortions to do in one year, but Planned Parenthood, every year, tries to make this number look small to Americans. This year, they record in their annual report that abortions were just 3.4% their business.
Why is this misleading? And why did they receive “Three Pinocchios” from the Washington Post for this erroneous claim in the past?
You can find the falsehood in the report itself. By taking the number of abortions (332,757) and dividing that by the total number of “services” provided (9.7million) last year, Planned Parenthood comes up with 3.4%. A “service” can be anything from a counseling session, to a pregnancy test, an STI test, a cancer screening, contraception, and a follow-up appointment – all of which a women could receive when she makes an appointment at Planned Parenthood for an abortion.
Taxpayers give over half a billion dollars to Planned Parenthood annually.
The truth is in the numbers. This latest report shows that Planned Parenthood got $563.8 million in taxpayer dollars (that’s an increase from last year). What’s more – they made out with over $1.6 billion dollars in total revenue.
Recent polling shows that a majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars going to fund abortions.
What’s the deal?
Planned Parenthood is vastly outnumbered by real health care centers.
According to their report, there are 600 Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States. Meanwhile, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, there are another 13,540 clinics located around the country that offer comprehensive women’s health services – just not abortion.
As a matter of fact, in Illinois there are 18 Planned Parenthood clinics. At the same time, there are over 450 federally qualified health care clinics and 200 rural health care centers, offering comprehensive women’s health care throughout the state.
If Planned Parenthood disappeared, would we really need them?
Not so much.