Does Planned Parenthood really have “40 percent” of national abortion market?

In a transcript released by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola makes a startling claim. In a discussion on the sale of human body parts from abortions, Nucatola states:

… In most markets their volume’s not going to compare to Planned Parenthood’s volume. We have 40 percent of the market in the whole country… Not that we’re trying to, we just do.

Nucatola’s claim of 40% market control appears to be a bit of an exaggeration, as Planned Parenthood performs about 27.5% of all abortions in the United States, according to the Guttmacher Institute. But why would Planned Parenthood claim to be such a dominant force in the abortion industry, while simultaneously trying to convince the public that abortion accounts for only 3% of their services, and that they don’t perform many abortions?

In an effort to sell human body parts to undercover investigators posing as buyers, Nucatola made every effort to portray Planned Parenthood as the most stable abortion provider in the nation, the most reliable source of a large volume of human body parts from abortion.


Some people, including many in the media, still seem to be under the impression that Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform many abortions. Planned Parenthood’s own claims challenge that. According to Media Matters, Planned Parenthood’s “total revenue from abortion services was approximately $164,154,000,” a year. This means that over 51 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clinic income comes from abortion.

Planned Parenthood’s 40% claim may be an exaggeration, but they are nonetheless America’s largest abortion provider, making millions per year in abortion revenue, taxpayer funding, and apparently the illegal sale of human body parts.

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