Analysis

Report: Planned Parenthood still dominates abortion market, even with fewer facilities in 2019

Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion corporation is continuing to close more of its facilities than it is opening, according to a new report from American Life League (ALL). But while the number of the abortion giant’s facilities continue to decrease, they still operate the majority of abortion facilities in the country. The 2019 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report shows that despite the corporation’s minor reduction in facilities, the increased focus on abortion was dramatic.

Fewer facilities, but more abortion

As of the end of 2019, there were 587 Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States. That number includes 13 closures, while 10 new facilities opened. Facilities closed in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas; new facilities opened, however, in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin. The number of patients they see has likewise been steadily declining, falling from 3.14 million in 2006 to 2.4 million in 2019.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s number of facilities that commit abortions, either medication or surgical, increased by 18. The corporation also opened three new mega-centers, for a total of 29 around the country, which can see more than triple the number of patients that a typical abortion facility sees each year.

 

Abortion, no matter what

Planned Parenthood’s tagline is “Care, no matter what.” Yet it’s clear that abortion is their number one priority. The number of abortion pill facilities has skyrocketed in recent years. In 2005, just 57 facilities dispensed the abortion pill. In 2019, that number had drastically risen, to 209.

With surgical abortion facilities, it’s a bit different. The ALL report shows a peak of 176 surgical abortion facilities in 2012 and 2013, which then began to steadily decline. However, it appears that surgical abortion facilities are back on the rise, with seven more surgical abortion facilities opening between 2018 and 2019, bringing the total to 166.

Altogether, that means there are 375 Planned Parenthood facilities committing abortions around the country, equaling 64% of its overall facilities.

READ: Latest Planned Parenthood annual report reveals record-breaking abortions and taxpayer dollars

Abortion corporation

No one commits more abortions than Planned Parenthood — literally. They operate 53% of all abortion facilities in the country, although there is a stark divide between medication and surgical abortions. Planned Parenthood runs 85% of all medication abortion facilities in the country and just 36% of surgical abortion facilities. However, ALL reports that Planned Parenthood is planning to build more facilities with the goal of increasing both its surgical and medication abortion numbers. And out of the four states where Planned Parenthood currently does not commit abortions — Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia — it is working on opening abortion facilities or getting licensure in three of them.

It should be more clear than ever that Planned Parenthood is not a health care provider. The numbers don’t lie; its focus continues to be on abortion above all else, not health care.

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