by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A further examination of the new annual report Planned Parenthood recently released finds the abortion business is still the largest in the United States. As in previous years, the number of abortions it does has gone up and roughly 25 percent of all abortions in the United States are done at Planned Parenthood centers.
The report shows that Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions, an increase over the 264,943 abortions it did during the 2005-2006 fiscal year.
That’s a whopping nine percent increase even though the number of abortions nationally are on the decline.
"It claims to be reducing pregnancy; yet one out of every four abortions in the United States is committed at a Planned Parenthood facility," watchdog Jim Sedlak told LifeNews.com.
The number of abortions dwarfs the number of clients receiving prenatal care — which totaled just 11,058 in the new annual report. That number is almost a 20 percent decline from the 2005-2006 total of 13,261.
The number of Planned Parenthood adoption referrals is also miniscule and continues to drop.
The previous annual report showed a scant 2,413 referrals and the abortion business made three less in the last fiscal year.
The adoption and prenatal numbers are also surprising given the increase in the total number of clients at Planned Parenthood. The pro-abortion group had 3.14 million customers in 2006-2007, which represented a 2.5 percent increase or almost 80,000 more customers than the year prior.
The new numbers also show Planned Parenthood continues to make millions on the sale of the morning after pill — in emergency contraception kits.
Planned Parenthood sold over 1.24 million of the kits in the last fiscal year and, in 2006-2007, the figure rose to 1.43 million.
If a recent expose showing huge markups at California Planned Parenthoods is any evidence, the abortion business has turned selling the Plan B drug into a money-making machine.
As Planned Parenthood provides less tangible help for pregnant women and shifts even further towards becoming a full-fledged abortion business, Sedlak says federal and state governments need to stop subsidizing it.
"We must stop the flow of government money into the hands of this baby-killing business," he concludes. He urges pro-life advocates to contact elected officials and "demand that Planned Parenthood does not receive any more money from our pockets.