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NRTL report: Over a decade, Planned Parenthood shuttered facilities but significantly increased abortions

According to a new report compiled by National Right to Life News, Planned Parenthood is committing more abortions — and raking in more money — than ever. In comparing 2010 data from statistics available today, the report finds that the abortion giant currently operates 614 facilities down from 872 in 2010. (This differs from a report released by American Life League, which found 587 Planned Parenthood facilities in operation at the end of 2019.) Despite having fewer abortion facilities, a record 345,672 abortions were committed in 2018 (the latest year available). This reflects a significant increase from the corporation’s 329,445 abortions in 2010.

While there are fewer Planned Parenthood facilities today than ten years ago, more of them are committing abortion. According to National Right to Life, today, 387 centers currently advertise “abortion services” (63%), while 10 years ago just 302 committed abortion (35%). The rise in abortions and the number of Planned Parenthood facilities committing them may be attributed to the fact that many are now offering chemical abortions through the abortion pill regimen (mifepristone and misoprostol). Planned Parenthood’s 2018 profits reflect this rise in abortions, topping out at over $1.6 billion for the 2019 fiscal year, the most ever for the abortion giant.

The report also reveals the disturbing information that many facilities are committing abortions at later gestational ages. In 2010, 80 facilities (less than half), advertised abortions at 14 weeks. Today, 110 facilities (more than 2/3), say they do so. Likewise, in 2010, just three Planned Parenthood facilities offered abortions at 24 weeks. Today, that number stands at 15. When looking at trends, the NRL found that in the last 4 years, 32 clinics have increased the upper gestational limit at which they commit abortions.

 

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The NRL News report maintains that compiling this data is not easy. Nailing down the exact number of Planned Parenthood facilities can be difficult, as the organization is often closing, opening, or moving facilities. There are also cases in which the same business might have different names. After its extensive research, the pro-life group did see a trend over the past decade, in which smaller Planned Parenthood centers across the country were closed or consolidated into larger ones. Additionally, mega-centers that commit a full range of abortion services are now becoming the norm, especially within the Midwest. The report explores how Planned Parenthood adapts its model to suit different areas of the country. In places like the Midwest, these mega-centers seem to be popular, while more concentrated areas like the Northeast have a higher number of facilities within a smaller area.

In looking at other statistics, there’s no question that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s main priority. According to the report, there was a marked decrease in the organization’s other services. The report states that cancer screenings are down 64 percent from 2010, while birth control fell by 50.4 percent. Profits are kept high when these services are reduced and more focus is put on its main moneymaker, abortion. As the report sums up, it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is doing whatever it takes to boost revenue and keep abortion as its number one priority.

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