by Steven Ertelt
December 16, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood has released its annual report for 2003-2004. The information reveals that the nation’s largest abortion business performed more abortions at fewer abortion facilities during the last year. The pro-abortion group also took in fewer private donations and more money from the government.
According to Jim Sedlak, president of STOPP International, a watchdog group that monitors Planned Parenthood, the abortion business performed 244,628 abortions, an increase of 6.1 percent. It has performed more than 3.5 million abortions since 1970.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) annual report shows more than one-third of Planned Parenthood’s annual income comes from abortions. Surgical abortions accounted for $104 million of the $302.6 million its offices brought in.
As it has in the past, Planned Parenthood continues to provide few alternatives to abortion. For every adoption referral made, it performed 138 abortions.
Sedlak says the abortion to adoption ratio has steadily increased under the administration of PPFA president Gloria Feldt. When she first took office, the ratio was 18:1. The ratio has increased by more than 750% since she was hired.
The PPFA report reveals that the abortion business continues to sell the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug at a steady clip, despite the death of California teenager Holly Patterson, who obtained the abortion drug at a local Planned Parenthood office.
The data shows 203 PPFA facilities sold more than 95,000 abortion pills. Some 49 Planned Parenthood offices that do not perform surgical abortions sell the drugs.
Sedlak says Planned Parenthood continues to take in significant income from federal, state and local governments. Combined, tax dollars accounted for a record $265.2 million — nearly 33 percent of its $810 million total income the supposedly non-profit group made.
In fact, PPFA continues to make a profit, Sedlak explained.
"For the 18th year in a row, Planned Parenthood turned a net profit. This year’s $35.2 million brings its total profits over the 18 years to $538 million," he indicated.
Meanwhile, private donations dropped for the second time in three years.
"Contributions and bequests dropped 17 percent to $191 million, and the income of its national headquarters dropped by 19.8 percent," according to Sedlak
Though the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood is on the rise, the number of facilities it operates declined from 866 to 849 in the last year. Some 89 facilities have closed since its heyday in 1995.
"This report shows the public is increasingly rejecting Planned Parenthood’s radical agenda, but apparently our elected officials haven’t gotten the message," Sedlak explained.
"Now is the time for Americans to expand the growing efforts to close Planned Parenthood clinics and to put pressure on politicians to stop the obscene amount of taxpayer money that is being funneled to the nation’s largest abortion chain," he concluded.
Related web sites:
STOPP International – https://www.all.org/stopp.htm