Parenthood’s Latest Annual Report:
Abortions at America’s Billion-Dollar Abortion Chain
Nearly Double in Past 10 Years
BY Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D.
to its latest annual report, clinics affiliated with the Planned
Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) performed 305,310 abortions
in 2007, an all-time record for the nation’s largest abortion
provider. While the number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped
nearly every year since the 1990 peak of 1.6 million, they have
consistently been on the increase at PPFA. In fact, they have nearly
doubled in the last 10 years from 165,174 in 1997.
Planned Parenthood is responsible for more than a quarter of all
abortions performed annually in the United States. While Planned
Parenthood tries to minimize the centrality of abortion to its
mission, the 2007–08 report clearly shows that the promotion and
performance of abortion remains at the core of Planned Parenthood’s
business and mission.
as Only 3% of PPFA Services?
increasingly common PPFA response is to say that abortion represents
only 3% of all the services they provided in 2007. Technically, one
can say this if every packet of pills, every test, every exam a
client receives is counted as a separate service. But looked at in a
more normal way, trying to see what percentage of Planned
Parenthood’s customers receive abortions, we get a figure closer to
10.1%. Even that doesn’t capture the full impact.
is quite often bundled with a number of those other services (the
abortion patient often receives and pays for a number of connected
services, such as Rh testing, ultrasound, STD testing, the HPV
vaccine, a take-home pack of contraceptives). Thus, abortion and
abortion-related services account for a much, much bigger piece of
the pie than 3% or even 10%.
PPFA’s $374.7 million clinic income for the fiscal year ending June
know from its own web site that there are Planned Parenthood clinics
that advertise and perform later, much more expensive abortions, if
we were conservative and treated every one of PPFA’s 305,310
abortions as a standard first-trimester suction abortion, at the
going rate for such abortions in 2005, Planned Parenthood’s income
from abortion in 2007 would have been at least $126 million. This
alone would represent more than a third of PPFA’s clinic income for
the fiscal year.
services attached to those abortions add to those revenues. And
every later abortion PPFA clinics perform means hundreds of dollars
more in its coffers. That explains why Planned Parenthood fights so
hard for this “insignificant” part of their business.
the Abortion Agenda
in over $1 billion in revenues from all sources in the fiscal year
running July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Over a third, nearly $350
million, came in the form of “Government Grants and Contracts”—your
tax dollars and mine.
donors were responsible for nearly a quarter with “Contributions and
Bequests” totaling $244.9 million. “Health Center Income” was the
biggest source of revenue (see above) with “Other” bringing in an
additional $68.9 million.
Parenthood not only takes in a great deal of money from abortion, it
also spends a great deal of money, time, and energy perfecting,
promoting, and defending it.
heading of “Excellence in Medical Standards and Training,” PPFA
touts its research project on “medication abortion service
delivery.” Nothing beyond a vague statement that this was part of
“an effort to continuously improve health care services” explains
why this was needed.
informed pro-lifers know that at least two Planned Parenthood
“medication abortion” patients died after using the drugs in ways
that had not been sanctioned by the U.S. government agency that
approved the RU486 method. Then again, it could be simply a part of
the large-scale expansion of chemical abortion that has taken place
at PPFA over the past several years.
Internationally, Planned Parenthood says that it helped nearly
15,000 women obtain “safe abortion or post-abortion care.” Without
offering detail about the nature of the services involved, the
report tells of an “innovative” program in a remote area of in the
Peruvian rainforest linking “environmental conservation and
reproductive health” for 6,000 fishermen and farmers.
notes that, “[t]hanks in large part to Planned Parenthood’s
advocacy,” the 110th Congress approved the “largest one-year dollar
increase ever to international family planning.” It also celebrated
President Obama’s overturning of the “global gag rule,” which had
prohibited groups receiving U.S. “family planning” money from
performing or promoting abortion overseas.
Parenthood proudly notes that it defeated measures in seven
states—Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, and
West Virginia—designed to copy the “federal abortion ban” [of
partial-birth abortion]. In Michigan and Arizona, Planned Parenthood
relates that, though these measures were passed by the state
legislatures, PPFA worked with governors to secure vetoes. Planned
Parenthood also fought a Right to Know law in South Dakota, limits
on RU486 in Ohio and New Mexico, and a law in Missouri that PPFA
says would have forced an affiliate of theirs to stop doing
Parenthood laments that the organization “had to spend vital
resources fighting a campaign that targeted us directly,” referring
to federal efforts to defund the abortion giant.
current economic downturn may not end the string of record revenues
and record numbers of abortions at Planned Parenthood. Money for
“family planning” that was, after public outcry, cut from the
stimulus package, was added back into the latest budget. If Planned
Parenthood gets its wish and gets abortion covered in President
Obama’s national health care plan, even more public money could be
flowing to its coffers.
to a story in U.S. News & World Report, since the economic down-
turn, people have been “swarming” into Planned Parenthood’s clinics
(2/24/09). Affiliates in Iowa, Illinois, and St. Louis are reporting
substantial increases in the number of abortions (Omaha World
Herald, 4/10/09; NPR, 3/20/09; Associated Press, 3/24/09).
Obama in office and many friends up on Capitol Hill, Planned
Parenthood is a formidable, well-funded foe. Those of us who defend
life may not have the money, but we do have truth, compassion, and
justice on our side, and, if we never give up, our cause will