January 28, 2019
Planned Parenthood's new president Leana Wen recently admitted that their core mission is "expanding access to abortion," and Planned Parenthood's new annual report proves just that. Our team has updated our annual analysis of Planned Parenthood's culture of death to give you the facts on what is being done with your tax dollars. The bottom line? Over 900 babies are being aborted every day by Planned Parenthood.
In fiscal year 2017, Planned Parenthood increased abortions by over 11,000 over the previous fiscal year, while their other services for women have consistently decreased. Planned Parenthood also continues to tout the myth that abortion is only three percent of the "services" they provide. But a quick review of the numbers reveals that this is false. Planned Parenthood committed 332,757 abortions in 2017-2018 and saw 2.4 million people, and if the abortions were given to individual patients, then 13 percent of all their patients received abortions. While Planned Parenthood downplays its abortion statistics, it often highlights its non-abortion services by counting multiple services to a single client as separate services. What was actually only three percent was their services to keep babies alive -- prenatal services.
Even though Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion supplier, and even though they traffic baby body parts and cover up the sexual abuse, they continue to get funding for political reasons and hide behind the shadow of doing "health care" to increase their funding eligibility. Here's the facts: over the last eight years, cancer screening and prevention programs have consistently decreased by 66 percent, breast exams have declined by over 64 percent, and prenatal services have steadily dropped by 77 percent.
As abortions have gone up, and services to women have gone down, their government funding has increased. Planned Parenthood received $563.8 million in combined federal, state, and local government grants and contracts in FY 2017. That's an increase of over $20 million from the previous year's funding. On top of that, Planned Parenthood reported an excess of revenue over expenses of $244.8 million, an increase of $146.3 million in a year alone.
There's no reason to continue to support an organization that profits off of taking innocent life while providing a steady decrease in the genuine "health care services" that the government originally gave them taxpayer money to do in the first place. Of all funding received by Planned Parenthood, 34 percent comes from taxpayers' pockets. These government grants and contracts funded by our tax dollars can and should be put to better use. Our consciences know it, and the numbers prove it.
And oh by the way, the 2017-2018 report also shows $802.6 million in unrestricted net assets, funds which Planned Parenthood can use should it lose its government funding.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.