Planned Parenthood Report Shows Abortions Up 6 Percent, Adoptions Down
by Steven Ertelt
September 9, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s largest abortion business has released new annual figures and they continue the trend from previous years — with abortions increasing and the number of adoption referrals on the decline. The abortion business continues to do more than one-fourth of all abortions in the United States annually.
The new Planned Parenthood figures show it did 324,008 abortions in 2008 — a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007.
The 2007 figure was itself a 5.3 percent increase over the 289,750 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2006.
With approximately 1.2 million abortions done annually in the United States via surgical abortions or the dangerous RU 486 (mifepristone) abortion drug, Planned Parenthood has moved from doing 25 to 27 percent of all abortions at a time when Alan Guttmacher Institute, its former research arm, has showed abortions at near-historic lows.
While abortions are on the rise at Planned Parenthood, adoption referrals declined to just 2,405 — a 51 percent drop since 2007. Planned Parenthood now does 134 abortions for every adoption referral it makes.
The abortion business also helped only 9,433 prenatal clients, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007.
Combined with the number of abortion referrals, 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood had abortions while just 3.5 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care.
Planned Parenthood made 2,410 adoption referrals in 2006 and 4,912 referrals in 2007.
Rita Diller, national director STOPP Planned Parenthood, a national watchdog group that provided LifeNews.com with the new numbers, said they confirm Planned Parenthood is in the business of doing abortions.
“Keep in mind that Planned Parenthood is a business making a very clear business decision,” Diller said. “Abortion is its most lucrative ‘service,’ and like all businesses, Planned Parenthood is simply maximizing its profits from its primary moneymaker."
"This becomes macabre when one stops to consider that Planned Parenthood is in the business of killing preborn children. Each one of those 324,008 abortions took the life of a unique, innocent and unrepeatable human person," Diller added.
The numbers reveal Planned Parenthood runs the nation’s largest abortion chain, with over 300 medical and surgical abortion facilities across the country.
Diller said that, despite the increase in abortions, Planned Parenthood showed a decline in a number of other areas, including a drop of four percent (almost 100,000 visits) in its primary customer base – female birth control customers. While Planned Parenthood often emphasizes that it is the only provider of health care in many areas of the nation, primary-care patients accounted for only one-tenth of one percent of its business in 2008.
She said the latest Planned Parenthood numbers are consistent with the testimony of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who has publicly testified that Planned Parenthood is intentionally trying to increase its abortion business.
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