We’ve all heard Planned Parenthood’s trite mantra that “only 3%” of their services are abortion procedures in order to downplay the pivotal role that “service” has to their financial stability. Their supporters (and sadly, many pro-lifers) have succumbed to believing that abortion is merely a small part of what Planned Parenthood is all about.
Here are the facts, straight from their most recent annual report and the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm.
Planned Parenthood provided a total of 11,003,336 services (one service=one manual breast exam, one pap smear, one individual packet of birth control, one STD or pregnancy test, one abortion procedure, etc) to three million clients in 2010. 329,445 of those services were actual abortion procedures. That’s where the “3%” claim comes from. If we use Planned Parenthood’s logic, we can equate an invasive surgical abortion procedure to handing someone a condom.
Planned Parenthood never delves any deeper into their abortion numbers, though. What are they hiding?…
Nearly 11% of Planned Parenthood’s overall clients obtain abortions. This is far from the deceptive “3%” notion they advocate.
Those abortion services garner Planned Parenthood millions upon of millions of dollars every single year. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the average cost of a surgical abortion is $451. (Chemical abortions, which are becoming more commonplace, are more expensive than surgical abortions, so the following calculation is a very conservative estimate.) Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s cash cow.
Abortion makes up almost 14% of Planned Parenthood’s overall billion-dollar income. Planned Parenthood is acquiring a hefty chunk of their overall income from the one procedure they “want to reduce.” Keep in mind this percentage is actually higher considering the increased usage of more-expensive chemical abortions.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion organization. They claim to be “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.” In reality, it’s the nation’s leading abortion committing organization, performing over 27% of all abortions annually in America.
Over nine out of ten of Planned Parenthood’s pregnant patients get abortions. But hey, they’re all about “choice,” right?
Don’t let the “3%” claim fool you.