Pro-Life Advocate Condemns Latest Abortion Figures in Planned Parenthood Report
by Steven Ertelt
April 9, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading Planned Parenthood watchdog group is not happy with the latest figures in the Planned Parenthood of America Federation annual report. The report showed the number of abortions Planned Parenthood does annually is rising while national figures show abortions on the decline.
Doug Scott, the president of Life Decisions International, which coordinates boycotts of corporations that provide grants to the abortion business, tells LifeNews.com the numbers show Planned Parenthood’s business is booming.
"For decades now, Planned Parenthood has operated the most proficient killing machine in the United States," he said. "And for decades, the machine has killed more pre-born children than the year before."
The 305,310 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2007, which is up 5.4 percent from its 2006 figures, generated an estimated $130 million for the abortion business.
Only 4,912 Planned Parenthood customers were referred to adoption agencies.
Scott criticized Planned Parenthood for claiming that its family planning, birth control and contraception work reduces the "need" for abortions, but the percent of abortions it does is rising.
"In 1984, it committed just over 5.5 percent of all abortions in the United States," Scott explains. "By 2004 that figure had risen to nearly 20 percent. And Planned Parenthood’s share of the lucrative market continues to rise."
Those abortion total rose despite PPFA sold more than 1.42 million "emergency" birth control kits in 2007. That figure was one percent fewer than in 2006.
PPFA’s Annual Report shows that the group generated more than $1.038 billion in Fiscal Year 2007-2008, which is an increase of nearly two percent from the previous reporting period. In the 2006-2007 fiscal year, PPFA’s budget had risen more than 11 percent over the previous year’s data.
"This ‘not-for-profit’ goliath ends every fiscal year with millions of dollars in ‘excess revenue over expenses,’" Scott said, "which is known to regular people as ‘profit.’"
On June 30, 2008, PPFA had net assets valued at $1.014.4 billion, of which $460.2 was unrestricted and another $147.2 million was temporarily restricted.
"This is essentially a savings account," Scott explained. "The money is sitting in a bank and drawing interest that will further advance Planned Parenthood’s ungodly agenda. Despite these huge sums, the corporation’s hierarchy incessantly claims to need more and more tax dollars."
Scott says pro-life groups need to do more to expose Planned Parenthood as an abortion business and that PPFA’s greatest ally has always been public ignorance of its agenda and activities.
"Most people think of Planned Parenthood as nothing more than a ‘family planning’ organization. We are showing the world that it is much more than that; and far more sinister," he said.
Scott noted that the report also showed Planned Parenthood is doing more to attract customers with testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Such testing increased by more than 11.4 percent.
Last year, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease and Scott says Planned Parenthood blamed abstinence education.
"Abstinence education is Planned Parenthood’s biggest nightmare," Scott said. "The group’s hierarchy does not seem to be able to connect the dots."
"The more influence Planned Parenthood has with young people, the higher the rate of sexually transmitted disease. Abstinent teens do not get such diseases; abstinent teens do not become customers of Planned Parenthood," he told LifeNews.com.
Scott said attacking abstinence education is one of Planned Parenthood’s top priorities and the group is hoping President Barack Obama will end the federal abstinence program.
"Planned Parenthood leaders believe that any funds not spent on their programs are essentially wasted," Scott said.
PPFA operates 97 affiliates and nearly 880 centers throughout the United States.
Related web sites:
Life Decisions International – https://www.fightpp.org
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