Media’s Abortion Distortion Plays into Abortion Industry’s Deception


Matthew Clark

September 4, 2012

8 min read

Pro Life



We are going to hear a lot about “reproductive choice,” “women’s rights,” and how wonderful Planned Parenthood is in the media this week.

The fact of the matter is that 51 percent of Planned Parenthood’s yearly clinic income – their only self-sustaining revenue source – comes from abortion, 329,445 abortions.

40 percent of all reported abortions committed in the United States occur at a Planned Parenthood clinic, making it by far the largest abortion provider in America.

This is a fairly staggering statistic hidden behind the media’s willful blindness to the truth behind the leader of the abortion industry.

Planned Parenthood claims to provide 11 million “services” in America each year. From this overly inflated number, they calculate that the 329,445 abortions they committed in their last reported year amounts to only 3 percent of their services.

Planned Parenthood’s 3 percent figure has been bought hook, line, and sinker by the mainstream media as proof positive that Planned Parenthood isn’t really about abortion. But if you take even a cursory look at Planned Parenthood’s own data, that claim begins to unravel and quickly.

Planned Parenthood’s latest report states that it performed “11 million services during nearly five million clinical visits.” So, now their abortion number jumps to 6.6 percent of clinic visits were for abortions. That’s right 6.6 percent of all visits to Planned Parenthood result in an abortion.

Digging a little deeper, Planned Parenthood claims that all those “services” it provides only go to 3 million women. So by it’s own admission, 11 percent of the women that visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in any given year obtain an abortion there.

What about some of the other “services” Planned Parenthood claims it provides? Prenatal services (those services provided to women who choose to keep their baby) account for a measly 0.28 percent off all services provided. Moreover, the 841 adoption referrals made by Planned Parenthood in their last reported year amount to a whopping 0.0076 percent of services rendered.

Again these services are deceptive. In 2009, Planned Parenthood reported performing 40,489 prenatal services for 7,021 prenatal clients, an average of roughly 6 services per prenatal client. Assuming an average of 6 prenatal services per client, Planned Parenthood’s current listing of 31,098 prenatal “services” could be for just over 5,000 prenatal clients. That is 5,000 prenatal clients versus well over 300,000 abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s claim that only 3 percent of its business is abortion is no different than if a car dealership claimed that it wasn’t really in the business of selling cars because the number of new car sales was only a fraction of its total services provided (financing cars, repairing cars, providing manufacture recommended maintenance for cars, cleaning cars, and so forth). Of course no one would believe such an outrageous claim. Sure, a car dealership does all of those things, but its purpose is to sell cars.

The abortion industry is no different. The abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, is about committing abortion. Sure they provide some other services, but when your only self-sustaining revenue source is one thing and you are responsible for 40 percent of that one thing in the entire nation, that is what you are about. Planned Parenthood is about abortion.

According to Planned Parenthood’s own apologist, Media Matters, its “total revenue from abortion services was approximately $164,154,000,” a year. Accordingly, over 51 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clinic income comes from abortion.

In addition to its $320.1 million in clinic income and $223.8 million in private donations, Planned Parenthood receives $487.4 million dollars a year from taxpayers. And that number is drastically increasing. Taxpayer funding for the abortion giant has more than doubled in the last decade.

This increase is in part due to the fact that it is now reporting the numbers a little more honestly. For the first time, Planned Parenthood is reporting revenue from Medicaid as revenue from the government, taxpayers. Its latest report states, “In past reports, payments from Medicaid managed care plans have appeared as ‘health center income’ rather than ‘government grants and contracts’ ….”

So now that Planned Parenthood has graciously decided to stop underreporting the money it takes from taxpayers, we can see more fully, how much Planned Parenthood relies on the Government. Over 46 percent of its $1 billion total annual revenue comes from the government – from our tax dollars.

According to Planned Parenthood, of this taxpayer funding, about $70 million comes through the federal government’s Title X funding – providing free birth control (including to minors).

As the Weekly Standard explains:

Title X was a panic bipartisan measure passed by Congress in 1970 in the middle of the "population bomb" scare, when many lawmakers believed that the only way to prevent the United States from running out of food by the year 2000 was to distribute free contraceptives as widely as possible to women and girls ages 15-44 in "low-income families."

Title X officially expired in September 1985, but Congress has continued to appropriate money for it in ever-increasing amounts. Regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services require the contraception distribution to be strictly confidential (i.e., no notification of the parents of minor recipients), and define a "family" so as to include "unemancipated minors" desiring contraceptives without their parents' finding out; according to the HHS regulations, they "must be considered on the basis of their own resources."

Federal funding for Planned Parenthood under Title X has steadily increased over the years. Since 2006, when it was slightly under $60 million, it has increased by at least 15 percent.

Now, here is where merely glancing at financial statements fails to tell the real story. Since 1997, “emergency contraception has been made available under Title X as a matter of course.” “Emergency contraception” is pro-abortion code for abortion-inducing drugs or abortion pills like Plan B, Ella, and others.

This is the most hidden statistic of the abortion industry. Abortions caused by abortion pills are not reported on any medical chart or to any government agency. If the abortion industry could have a “dirty little secret,” this would be it.

We do know, however, how many abortion pills Planned Parenthood dispenses. Planned Parenthood’s last report notes that it gave out 1,461,816 “emergency contraception kits,” i.e. abortion pills, in a year – much of which would have been paid for through Title X, taxpayer funds.

Of course, you would never know this by listening to or reading the mainstream media. The media elites spend their time defending Planned Parenthood as a sacred institution whose purpose is to help women – a organization that can do no harm.

Lost in reporting all the “good” that Planned Parenthood does are the injuries and even death to women caused by abortion. Earlier this month a woman was reportedly injured during an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic. The month before, a 24-year-old woman died from a reportedly “botched” abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic after that clinic ignored instructions to call 911.

Planned Parenthood has also repeatedly been caught on tape condoning and assisting in sex selection abortions, choosing to abort a baby based on the sex of the unborn child. Despite their public statements, in actuality, Planned Parenthood’s policy as described by the Huffington Post, another Planned Parenthood apologist, is that “no Planned Parenthood clinic will deny a woman an abortion based on her reasons for wanting one.”

Planned Parenthood clinics have repeatedly been caught helping underage minors hide abortions from parents and even encouraging dishonest reporting to prevent being required to notify authorities of potential statutory rape.

Planned Parenthood affiliates all over the nation are under fire for allegedly defrauding taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate, Abby Johnson, details what she contends was Planned Parenthood openly committing fraud, telling fellow directors that they “wouldn’t get caught.” At the ACLJ, we represent two other former Planned Parenthood employees in two of the largest lawsuits against the abortion industry in the country. One lawsuit against one of Planned Parenthood’s largest affiliates in Texas alleges that that over a ten-year period Planned Parenthood billed federal and state governments for services that were never rendered, services that were known to be unnecessary, and even abortion related services in violation of the law. Similarly, in California, we represent the Chief Financial Officer of a Planned Parenthood affiliate in a suit alleging over $100 million dollars in fraudulent overbilling of federal and state governments.

Yet, despite their record, Planned Parenthood’s reputation remains untarnished in the media. Through the media’s PR campaigns on Planned Parenthood’s behalf, this information does not see the light of day. In fact, nearly 60% of young adults don’t even know that Planned Parenthood commits abortions at all.

If any other non-profit that received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars were caught doing half the things that Planned Parenthood is caught doing they would be run out of business.

The elite media, however, either ignore it or come to Planned Parenthood’s defense. News story after news story repeat the same intentionally deceptive mantra that “Abortions make up less than 3% of the services Planned Parenthood provides.” When the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation decided that it could more wisely allocate $700,000 a year than by giving it to Planned Parenthood, the media exploded. The media said Komen’s actions were “shocking” and gave the cancer foundation a “black eye.” The media’s PR campaign on the abortion giant’s behalf successfully resulted in Komen restoring the funds.

There has been no bigger apologist for Planned Parenthood than President Obama. In fact, Planned Parenthood recently called him their “champion.” President Obama has made it crystal clear where he stands, stating, "On this fundamental issue [abortion], I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

He has backed up his rhetoric with pro-abortion policy after pro-abortion policy: from overturning the Mexico City Policy to allow taxpayer funding for abortions overseas, to pro-abortion ObamaCare, to his HHS mandate forcing religious employers to violate their faith by paying for abortion-pill coverage. Each of these policies have benefited Planned Parenthood’s truly worldwide abortion mission.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, taking in nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer money as it systematically ends the lives of nearly 330,000 babies a year. It is engaged in a war on children – a war on unborn children and a war for hearts and minds (and tax dollars) of America’s children. The billion-dollar a year organization doesn’t need half of its revenue from taxpayers, and it doesn’t need to be in our schools; but it is.

It is time for the American people to learn the disturbing truth about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, and it is time for the media to start reporting the truth instead of recklessly protecting the abortion giant.

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