Indiana Right to Life recently examined the latest data published by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) which shows that while the state’s abortion rate has dropped for eight consecutive years, Planned Parenthood‘s abortion market in the state continues to soar.
The state reports that “[a]bortions have dropped more than 33 percent since 2008” and that “there were 3,642 fewer abortions in 2016 than in 2008,” with the “all-time high number of abortions” landing at “16,505 in 1980.” The past four years alone (2012-2016) show a 17.3 percent decrease, and from 2015 to 2016, abortions declined 8.5 percent.
But while Indiana’s abortion numbers have been dropping, Planned Parenthood has grabbed much more of the market share.
In 2015, Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in the state performed almost 66 percent (5,234) of Indiana’s abortions, an increase from 2014’s 61 percent (4,930 out of 8,118). At the time of the report, Planned Parenthood operated four out of the six abortion facilities licensed in Indiana. According to the data, despite a continued decline of abortions in the state, in 2016, Planned Parenthood’s market share had risen to a shocking 72.8 percent of the state’s total abortions.
A state report of abortions by facility type reveals that in 2016, Planned Parenthood facilities were responsible for performing 5303 abortions, an increase of 1.3 percent from 2015.
These numbers clearly show that Planned Parenthood is abortion focused.
Live Action News previously reviewed reports from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and found that government funding and abortions in the state have remained relatively stable at Planned Parenthood, but patient numbers and services are declining.
By 2016, despite these decreasing services, government grants to the affiliate totaled $1,675,442.
This state trend lines up with the national trend, as previously reported:
Guttmacher reports that in 2014, there were approximately 926,200 abortions nationwide. Yet Planned Parenthood’s annual report reveals that the abortion business accounted for nearly 34.9 percent (323,999) of abortions that year. At the same time abortions decreased 12 percent nationally (from 2011-2014), Planned Parenthood’s market share of reported abortions had increased by more than 10 percent (from 31.5 to 34.9 percent).
As was also previously reported, the organization’s 2015-2016 annual report shows that by 2015, Planned Parenthood’s annual abortions had risen to 328,348. The annual report also revealed that services such as contraception, prenatal care, breast exams, and pregnancy tests had decreased. In addition, Planned Parenthood has lost roughly 100,000 clients since 2014-15, dropping from 2.5 million to 2.4 million.
The data shows yet again that Planned Parenthood offers pregnant women little more than abortion. Women do not need Planned Parenthood for real healthcare, and taxpayers should not be forced to pay $1.5 million daily to an organization whose primary focus is killing 900 preborn children every day. We can do better for women, for children and for our culture.
It is time to defund Planned Parenthood.