Planned Parenthood’s own numbers show abortion is its main service

A sign in support of Planned Parenthood outside a town hall meeting for Sen. Bill Cassidy in Metairie, La., February 22, 2017. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

As the U.S. abortion rate has steadily declined over recent decades, Planned Parenthood’s annual share of abortions performed in the nation has continued to increase.

Planned Parenthood-associated facilities did 345,672 abortions in 2018, up 13,000 from what the group reported for the previous fiscal year. It’s also the most abortions the group has ever performed in a single year since it began reporting its abortion statistics.

The information comes from Planned Parenthood’s annual report for the 2018–2019 fiscal year, as reported by the National Review.

Late in 2019 the Centers for Disease Control released data for 2016 that showed approximately 623,000 abortions for the year and reported that the abortion rate had fallen yet again. CDC statistics show the U.S. abortion rate falling by about 50 percent since 1980. The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, meanwhile, estimated that there were about 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017, factoring in that not all states report abortion data to the CDC.

So going by the CDC statistics, Planned Parenthood clinics perform more than half of the reported abortions in the U.S. and, based on Guttmacher’s reporting, well over a third of the estimated annual abortions each year.

Planned Parenthood repeatedly insists that abortion comprises only 3 percent of group’s “services” — a highly manipulated statistic that has been called misleading even by left-leaning outlets such as Slate and the Washington Post — even as the group performs somewhere between one-third and half the total abortions in the U.S. every year.

Comparing Planned Parenthood’s 345,672 abortions in 2018 with other actual services the group’s facilities purportedly offered, one sees that the group offered 9,798 prenatal-care services and made 4,279 adoption referrals.

This means that its facilities performed 35 abortions for every instance of prenatal care and 81 abortions for every adoption referral.

At the same time, the group obtained the largest share of its revenue from government reimbursements and grants, despite having spent the entirety of Trump’s presidency fundraising off of fear mongering about how Republicans intended to block women from receiving “reproductive health care.”


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