I’ve been getting a lot of emails over the last week regarding a Planned Parenthood statistic that Students for Life of America has been using in emails and on our website. So, this morning I’m writing about it to address the facts and misinformation about there.
This is a Fact: Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and 96% of its services for pregnant women are abortions.
For those who may try to rebut this, here is the documentation you need:
Looking at a 2010 fact sheet from their own website, Planned Parenthood provided 324, 008 abortion services, 2,405 adoption referrals, and 9,433 prenatal services in 2008. When calculated, abortion services accounted for 96% of the services provided to pregnant women.
Here is the math for those who still doubt:
2,405 +9,433 = 11,838 services to pregnant women which are not abortions
11,838 + 324,008 = 335,846 total services to pregnant women
(11,838 / 335,846) * 100% = 3.5% of services provided to pregnant women are not abortions
(324,008 / 335,846) = 96.5% of services provided to pregnant women are abortions
While this is an astounding number, the actual number of abortions that Planned Parenthood provides may actually be more than that!
The numbers Planned Parenthood provides in its reports are skewed and don’t give a full picture of the services Planned Parenthood is actually providing. Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director, recently commented on the way Planned Parenthood reports on its numbers to ensure that the public will not know the truth of their business:
“And while Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its services, I found they used an sleight of hand, unbundling family planning services so each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (12 packs of birth control would show up as 12 individual visits). It does the opposite for abortion visits, bundling them together so each appointment shows as one visit. This skews the numbers. You have an overwhelming number of “visits” for family planning compared to abortion, even though you may have seen the same number of patients.”
The fact is, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has been caught time and again breaking federal and state laws by protecting racists, rapists, and sex traffickers of minors.
So why would we we trust them to provide accurate numbers of the abortions they provide?
The fact that 96% of Planned Parenthood services to pregnant women are abortions demonstrates that they aren’t about promoting or facilitation “Parenthood” but about ending or stopping “Parenthood”.
From now on, I will call them Preventing Parenthood.