January 22, 2019
For once, Planned Parenthood is being honest about its number-one mission: abortion. And thanks to the organization's latest annual report, Americans are seeing just how profitable that mission has been.
The group's sense of timing is interesting, to say the least. The same weekend that tens of thousands of Americans were marching in Washington to protest abortion, Planned Parenthood decided to tell everyone what a cash cow abortion has been for them. Despite their apocalyptic emails and truth-optional fundraising appeals, Leana Wen's organization isn't hurting as much as it claims. Even under a pro-life president who's done everything in his power to redirect money and influence away from Planned Parenthood, the group had an amazingly violent year.
Just when people thought the group couldn't destroy any more unborn lives, Planned Parenthood announced that it had taken 11,373 more than 2016-17. That's the total student enrollment at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Think about that for a minute: This year's abortion surplus at Planned Parenthood -- not the total number, but the surplus, is enough to eliminate an entire student campus. Even more sickening, the overall casualties were 332,757 -- multiple campuses of students who this world will never know. The highest body count, it bears mentioning, since Planned Parenthood's 2011-2012 report.
Until recently (thanks for your candor Leana Wen), we were supposed to believe that abortion was just a fraction of Planned Parenthood's services. A little more than three percent, the new report insists. If that's the case, Alexandra Desanctis points out at NRO, then no one is quite sure what they're doing, since other services are down across the board. "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."
Not to mention, Desanctis argues, the three-percent nonsense is debunked by Planned Parenthood's own report! They concoct this statistic "by dividing the abortion procedures for the year (332,757) by the number of "services" the group provided (9.7 million). The report defines a 'service' as a 'discrete clinical interaction,' such as the administration of an STI test." In other words, "If a woman visits a Planned Parenthood facility to obtain an abortion, and, while she's there, is also given a pregnancy test, an STI test, a cancer screening, and contraception, the abortion procedure would be just 20 percent of the 'services' she received... Using this deceptive formula, the report manipulates the data to make it appear as if abortion is a tiny fraction of its work, though a much higher percentage of actual patients who visit Planned Parenthood clinics are there, first and foremost, to obtain an abortion."
Of course, the most infuriating part of the report -- from a taxpayer's perspective -- is this unexpected news: Planned Parenthood actually squeezed $20 million more dollars out of federal, state, and local governments than last fiscal year. At a whopping $563.8 million, how anyone can call this organization a "nonprofit" is beyond me! Surely that, coupled with the tidbit about spending $166 million on "movement building" (read: political activism), will revive the calls from the majority of voters who never thought taxpayers should be supporting them in the first place! If their affiliates can spend that kind of money campaigning and lobbying, certainly they don't need ours.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.