Planned Parenthood’s plummeting health services over the years show an increased abortion focus

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Planned Parenthood claims to be a health care organization, but it isn’t actual health care that is increasing there; it’s abortion. The corporation’s abortion market share has steadily increased (due in part to half a billion dollars they receive from taxpayers annually), while actual health care services are plummeting. That is because Planned Parenthood is focused on abortion, a point made more evident in the recent ousting of the group’s physician president, Dr. Leana Wen, for her resistance to prioritize and politicize abortion.

Despite Planned Parenthood’s receipt of nearly half a billion in taxpayer dollars annually since 2009 (and hundreds of millions prior to that), Planned Parenthood has chosen to shutter the same facilities they have claimed are needed by those who are poor and disadvantaged. In addition, the corporation is seeing a significant decrease in patients as well as declining health services.

The data in the image below, taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s annual reports from 2006 to 2016, reveal that health care services at the nation’s largest abortion business have been dropping for years:

Planned Parenthood ten year services decreasing comparison 2006 to 2016 (Graph: Live Action News)

The decline continued into 2017, the last year which saw a published report from the abortion business. Even after increased government funding and excess revenue reaching hundreds of millions of dollars, actual health care services dropped while abortions again rose.

Between 2007 and 2017, data from Planned Parenthood’s published annual reports reveal the following decreases:

  • Patients dropped 21 percent (3,020,651 in 2007 to 2.4 million male and female patients in 2017.)
  • Pap tests decreased nearly 72 percent (968,682 in 2007 to 274,145 in 2017.)
  • Breast exams fell 65 percent (851,232 in 2007 to 296,310 in 2017.)
  • Cancer screenings plummeted nearly 68 percent (1,900,850 in 2007 to 614,361 in 2017.)
  • Facilities decreased nearly 32 percent (880 in 2007 to 600 in 2017.)
  • Contraception services dropped nearly 33 percent (3,889,980 in 2007 to 2,620,867 in 2017.)
  • Prenatal care dropped 17 percent (10,914 in 2007 to 9,055 in 2017.)
  • Adoption referrals decreased 42% (actual 42.37%) (4,912 in 2007 to 2831 in 2017)

Increases at Planned Parenthood between 2007 to 2017 include:

  • Taxpayer funding increased over 61 percent ($349.6 million in 2007 to $563.8 million in 2017.)
  • Private donations increased over 157 percent ($244.9 in 2007 to $630.8 million in 2017.)
  • Excess revenue over expenses 188% increase ($85 million in 2007 to $244.8 million in 2017.)
  • Abortions increased 9 percent (305,310 in 2007 to 332,757 in 2017,) the highest number committed by the corporation since 2011.

READ: Planned Parenthood prez Leana Wen wasn’t fighting hard enough for abortion. So they fired her.

In 2017 alone, Planned Parenthood reported 117 abortions for every adoption referral, ending the lives of 912 preborn babies at a rate of 38 per hour, or one abortion every 95 seconds. Planned Parenthood’s abortion market share currently stands at 35.9% when compared to the most recent data from the Guttmacher Institute for 2014. Since CDC abortion numbers are generally much lower than numbers released by Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate”), Live Action News compares market share to Guttmacher. This number may increase after Guttmacher releases new figures. This means that one corporation alone, Planned Parenthood, commits nearly 36% of all U.S. abortions.

Image: Planned Parenthood abortion marketshare 2000 to 2017 UPDATED Oct 2019 (Image: Live Action News)

Planned Parenthood abortion marketshare 2000 to 2017 UPDATED Oct 2019 (Image: Live Action News)

Planned Parenthood’s estimated abortion revenue, according to an analysis by Live Action News, was estimated at $190 million in just 2017. This translates into an estimated 52 percent of the corporation’s non-government health services revenue and 11.4 percent of total revenue. Planned Parenthood collected a whopping $244.8 million in excess revenue over spending in just one year, according to its 2017-2018 annual report. The graph below shows massive millions were pocketed by the corporation in years prior.

Image: Planned Parenthood excess revenue over spending 2000 to 2017

Planned Parenthood excess revenue over spending 2000 to 2017

In 2018, Planned Parenthood set out to protect those gains by vowing to spend millions to elect pro-abortion lawmakers, even hiring a new director to push for activist judges in the courts. The taxpayer-funded organization then released a focused plan for 2019, which included not the expansion of health care, but abortion.


*Some numbers were updated in the following year’s report.

Live Action News previously analyzed 2006 to 2016 numbers here and here.

Live Action News previously analyzed 2007 to 2017 numbers here.

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