February 19, 2019
Planned Parenthood has spent 2019 operating under a new mantra: abortion is health care. And to prove it, they operate 51.5 percent of the facilities that provide it. That's quite a monopoly for a company that claims abortion is only "three percent of their services."
The American Life League (ALL), like a lot of pro-life groups, has been tracking Planned Parenthood's big slice of the abortion pie for years. Based on the data it gathered at the end of 2018, Leana Wen's group is still the largest abortion provider in the country. But if there's one trend Americans can cheer, it's just how rapidly those properties are dwindling. "In 1995," ALL explains, "Planned Parenthood had 938 medical facilities. By 2006, that number had dwindled to 859, and by the end of 2018, it had fallen sharply to 590. As ALL noted, the organization closed a net 348 facilities between 1995 and 2018." That's 37 percent of its facilities! "In 2018 alone, Planned Parenthood, which frequently uses the slogan, 'these doors stay open,' closed 11 medical facilities and opened only three new ones."
Unfortunately, the group may have fewer clinics, but it's still performing way too many abortions. According to Planned Parenthood's most recent 2017-2018 annual report, "it committed 332,757 abortions in fiscal year 2017, up by 11,373 abortions since 2016. This is the highest number of abortions that Planned Parenthood clinics have committed in any year since 2011-12." That's 911 babies every single day. Despite their apocalyptic emails and truth-optional fundraising appeals, Wen's organization isn't hurting as much as it claims. Even under a pro-life president who's done practically everything within his power to redirect money and influence away from Planned Parenthood, the group had an amazingly violent year.
That, coupled with an endless string of scandals, undercover videos, and its baby body parts ring, ought to be enough to disqualify the group from federal funding. Instead, it's raking in more than a half-billion dollars a year on the promise that the country's abortion behemoth isn't using a single cent to promote the darker side of business. There are 13,000 federally qualified health centers that can do more than Planned Parenthood is without the ethical baggage of performing abortions.
But, Alexandria Desanctis points out, "for Planned Parenthood, receiving government funding isn't about the money itself -- it's about keeping up appearances. As long as the group remains on the government dole, it can maintain the fiction that it is a federally sanctioned provider of basic health care. At the same time, this funding frees up other money that the group can use (via its political-action arm) to elect politicians who favor abortion-friendly policies -- including continuing to fund Planned Parenthood."
"By a double-digit margin," Marist's latest survey points out, "a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent)." So, the more people who know what business Planned Parenthood is truly in, the better.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.