The numbers are shocking.
Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released its annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year after a six month delay. What this report devastatingly confirms is what we have been arguing all along: Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion, its priority is not in women’s health care, and its central focus is padding its bottom line.
With its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood has unwittingly and effectively laid out the case for its own defunding.
First, we see that the abortion giant “served” 100,000 fewer “women, men, and young people” compared to the previous fiscal year – a 4% drop. This number is both alarming and condemning as Planned Parenthood proudly touts that it’s the nation’s leader in providing affordable heath care for women. It will be difficult for Planned Parenthood to make this claim now, especially given that the number of clinics (1.7% drop) and affiliates (5% drop) precipitously declined during this period as well.
Next, we see what is quite possibly the most disturbing aspect of the report: Planned Parenthood’s abortion business increased. The new report shows that it committed 328,348 abortions in 2015-2016. That’s an increase of nearly 4,500 innocent, unborn lives murdered in the womb compared to the previous year. By contrast, there was a huge decline in prenatal services provided. Planned Parenthood provided nearly 46% fewer prenatal services – 8,000 less – than the prior year. Unfortunately, this is hardly a revelation, as most clinics admit when asked that they provide no prenatal services. And as we’ve been arguing for years, Planned Parenthood deceptively reports these numbers. Planned Parenthood recently changed the way it reports these numbers, and our analysis of the change provides an eye-opening look into its deception:
Planned Parenthood’s 2009 Fact Sheet listed 7,021 prenatal clients – a shockingly small number compared to the 332,278 abortions reported for the same period of time. However, in the [next] annual report, this 2009 figure is reclassified as “prenatal services,” of which Planned Parenthood reports 40,489 in 2009. So Planned Parenthood served 7,021 prenatal clients and provided an average of roughly six “prenatal services” to each. It’s a pretty clever way to make this number look more impressive. And it makes the 2010 number of 31,098 “prenatal services” look even weaker. In fact, as others have pointed out, if each prenatal client were given the same number of services as was reported in 2009, Planned Parenthood only provided services to a little more than 5,000 women in 2010.
Based on these calculations, in all likelihood, Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to barely 1,500 pregnant women. Think about that – 328,000 babies murdered, 1,500 babies helped.
The glaring fact that more abortions were performed and fewer prenatal services were provided is hard to ignore.
In category after category, the supposed women’s health services Planned Parenthood touts it provides are dropping:
And yet the report also outlines that Planned Parenthood saw an increase in taxpayer funding. Planned Parenthood, even amid grotesque revelations and growing calls for defunding, still received $554.6 million taxpayer dollars in “government health services grants and reimbursements” in 2015-2016.
In fact, Planned Parenthood’s profits (“Excess of Revenue Over Expenses”) soared in the last year, increasing by a whopping 31.8%, from $58.8 million in 2014-2015 to $77.5 million in 2015-2016. Planned Parenthood’s total assets are now a staggering $1.8 billion.
Abortions are up. Profits are up. Taxpayer-funded government bailouts are up. Yet cancer screenings, prenatal services, and other women’s health services continue to drop. It’s stunning.
As taxpayers, we should be upset. As humans, we should be heartbroken.
This annual report serves as an urgent reminder that Planned Parenthood must be defunded so that government funding can instead be directed to pregnancy resource centers and community health centers, where women’s heath care is actually the emphasis. We cannot stand for Planned Parenthood’s murder, deceit, and deception any longer.
Planned Parenthood’s reign of taxpayer-funded atrocities must end. America needs to wake up. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Now the Senate must act.
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