Magazine article The Human Life Review

Planned Parenthood Spends Millions to "Refresh" Its Brand, but It's Still the Same Taxpayer-Funded Big Abortion Business

Magazine article The Human Life Review

Planned Parenthood Spends Millions to "Refresh" Its Brand, but It's Still the Same Taxpayer-Funded Big Abortion Business

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Taken with a hearty grain of salt, remembering that Planned Parenthood is the source of the data it released, here are five things that can be gleaned from its most recent annual report, released Wednesday.

1. Abortion remains a central component of Planned Parenthood's business.

From October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012 (Planned Parenthood's "service" year), Planned Parenthood affiliates performed 327,166 abortions-that averages almost 900 abortions each and every day. In terms of time, money, and unduplicated patients, abortion is substantially more important to Planned Parenthood than the "3 percent of services" line it routinely tries to sell. Relying on Planned Parenthood's estimate that its clinics "saw approximately three million patients," abortion was the "service" Planned Parenthood provided for roughly 11 percent of its patients (assuming that there were not many repeat abortion customers).

Even that 11 percent figure doesn't fully reflect the abortion-centric nature of Planned Parenthood today. A former Planned Parenthood affiliate that operated five clinics in upstate New York announced in late 2012 that it dropped its affiliation with the national chain over Planned Parenthood's mandate that all affiliates perform abortions by January 2013. An opportunity to further expand its abortion business made the Planned Parenthood report's "10 history-making moments" list. Boasting that it's "on offense in the states," the group celebrates a new California law that lowered the standard of care to allow non-physicians to perform abortions. Planned Parenthood gloats that it will "press forward" with such a "proactive legislative agenda around the country."

2. After bullying the Susan G. Komen Foundation into lowering its grant standards and receiving "an outpouring of public donations," Planned Parenthood's "breast health services " continued to plummet.

The Planned Parenthood report chose "fighting against breast cancer" as another top-ten moment of the year, and asserts that "an outpouring of public donations helps Planned Parenthood significantly expand our breast health training, outreach, and medical programs."

But the numbers tell a different story.

Planned Parenthood provided nearly 90,000 fewer "Breast exams/Breast care" services than the year before-and nearly 200,000 fewer than two years ago. In fact, Planned Parenthood's services decreased for every sub-category it lists under "Cancer Screening and Prevention."

The substantial decrease in breast-health services is particularly noteworthy because it continued despite the Komen Foundation succumbing to pressure to reverse its decision and continue grants to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told the media that her organization used the controversy to its advantage and "raised more money than we would have lost."

3. Life-ending drugs and devices are a growing portion of Planned Parenthood's "contraception " services.

Planned Parenthood's figures show an uptick in what it categorizes as "contraception" services. Notably, the majority of that growth came from its increased distribution of Plan B and ella. And Planned Parenthood's nearly 1.6 million morning-after pill and week-after pill "services" are not necessarily coming at the request of women: The group pushes women and girls to "get [the drug] before you need it," as its website states, "just in case. …

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