January 5, 2017 – In an attempt to hide its abortion focus and its declining health care services from the public, Planned Parenthood tried to quietly released its latest annual report over the New Year’s holiday weekend.
Live Action’s snapshot analysis of the report below shows that Planned Parenthood has focused on growing its abortion business while its breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, and other services have declined significantly over its last 10 years of reporting. The abortion chain has also lost hundreds of thousands of clients, yet its taxpayer funding is now over $200 million a year more than it was 10 years ago.
Statement by Live Action president and founder Lila Rose, followed by a brief analysis of the numbers:
“When an organization chooses to release news about itself right before a long holiday weekend, that’s a telltale sign that the news is so damaging, the organization hopes no one will notice.
“Planned Parenthood’s annual report is so disastrous to its own narrative because the numbers plainly show that its priority is abortion, not so-called ‘choice’ and not helping women have healthy children. Planned Parenthood committed over 321,000 abortions last year yet provided only 12,000 prenatal services and adoption referrals. Planned Parenthood continues to hold its number one spot as the nation’s largest abortion chain.
“The last 10 years of Planned Parenthood’s annual reports also show that women are finding legitimate health care elsewhere. Planned Parenthood has steadily lost hundreds of thousands of clients and has closed over 200 of its facilities. While it has focused on growing its abortion numbers by 11 percent, its breast exams have decreased by 62 percent, its cervical cancer screenings by 74 percent, and its contraception services by 32 percent — all things it claims it is so critically needed to provide. Yet Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding is now over $200 million a year more than it was 10 years ago. The question taxpayers should be asking their members of Congress is, With declining clients and so many declining services, what are their tax dollars paying for?
“If Congress won’t act to defund Planned Parenthood to stop the killing of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable preborn children at its facilities each year, at least after looking at these damaging numbers, even the abortion-supporting members of Congress must act to protect taxpayers from subsidizing an abortion corporation trying to pass itself off as a women’s health care provider.”
Analysis by the numbers:
Over the last 10 years, while Planned Parenthood’s federal taxpayer funding has increased 62%, from $336.70 million in 2006 to $543.7 million in 2016:
- Clients have decreased 23% (3.1 million in 2006 vs. 2.4 million in 2016)
- 260 facilities have been shut down (860 facilities in 2006 vs. 600 facilities in 2016)
- Contraception services have decreased 32% (3,989,474 services in 2006 vs. 2,701,866 services in 2016)
- Breast exams have decreased 62% (882,961 in 2006 vs. 336,614 services in 2016)
- Pap tests have decreased 74% (1,070,449 in 2006 vs. 281,063 services in 2016)
- Prenatal care services have decreased 30% (11,058 in 2006 vs. 7,762 in 2016). Despite years of claiming that Planned Parenthood offers prenatal care to women, Live Action investigators exposed the fact that almost no Planned Parenthood center offers prenatal care.
- Abortions have increased nearly 11% (289,750 in 2006 vs. 321,384 in 2016). Planned Parenthood still remains America’s largest abortion vendor. Despite the fact that CDC figures indicate abortions are on a steady decline nationally, from 2006 to 2016, abortions at Planned Parenthood increased nearly 11 percent, averaging more than 320,000 abortions per year. In 2016, Planned Parenthood reported ending the lives of 321,384 preborn children (down from more than 328,000 the previous year).
- In 2016, Planned Parenthood’s abortions (321,384) outnumbered prenatal care services (7,762) and adoption referrals (3,889).
- In 2016, Planned Parenthood said it served 2.4 million patients. While Planned Parenthood’s patients are steadily declining, federally funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, served nearly 26 million patients in 2016 alone.