The nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, closed 27 facilities in 2016, One News Now reports.
American Life League, which tracks data related to abortion and Planned Parenthood, found that the nation’s largest abortion provider opened eight new facilities and closed 27 others in 2016. The abortion chain currently operates 624 facilities, according to ALL.
“We are happy to report that they closed 27 more facilities in 2016, and they only opened eight new ones – so a net loss of 19 Planned Parenthood facilities in 12 months,” ALL Executive Director Jim Sedlak told One News Now. “That’s the way we like to see it go.”
Sedlak said Planned Parenthood once operated 938 facilities across the U.S., but today their numbers are down by one-third.
Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have remained fairly steady in the past few years (its 2016 report is not out yet), despite so many of its facilities closing. This and other factors indicate the abortion chain is concentrating more on its money-making abortion business than ever before.
At the same time as it closed facilities and received half a billion taxpayer dollars, Planned Parenthood performed fewer non-abortion services, according to its annual reports from the past several years. From 2010 to 2014, Planned Parenthood’s annual reports showed dramatic decreases in the actual health services it provides, including breast cancer screenings, pap tests, prenatal care and STD treatments.
Abortion is a big money-maker for Planned Parenthood. Many of the facilities that it closed in the past few years did not perform abortions. Instead, they referred women to other facilities for abortions. One News Now noted that many of the 2016 closings involved facilities that were not making a profit.
A survey of abortion facilities in 2016 by Operation Rescue found that the average first-trimester surgical abortion costs $625.35. Planned Parenthood performs approximately 320,000 abortions a year, and its most recent annual report showed it bringing in almost $1.3 billion in revenue.
Abortion facilities across the U.S. have been closing at a historic rate in the past few years as more women are empowered with information and resources to help them choose life for their unborn babies. In 2016, 31 abortion clinics closed, bringing the total number of abortion facilities in the U.S. down to 731, according to Operation Rescue.
Pro-lifers hope to see more Planned Parenthoods and other abortion facilities close in the near future as Republicans take control of the House, Senate and White House. President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood as long as it continues to do abortions.
In January 2016, the House and Senate passed a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, but pro-abortion President Barack Obama vetoed it.