Profit Shows Pro-Choice Means Pro-Abortion for Planned Parenthood

Opinion   |   Laura Echevarria   |   Jan 13, 2011   |   1:12PM   |   New York, NY

I want to know, where is the outrage?

New York City’s abortion rate is a whopping 39 percent and those who are speaking out are the religious leaders. Where are the NOW spokespersons or the Planned Parenthood (PPFA) leaders who claim to be “pro-choice” not pro-abortion? When the abortion rates are astronomical, when Black Americans are being aborted in numbers that could be considered almost genocidal—where are they?  They—the starry-eyed abortion zealots who talk about abortion with a religious-like fervor—are nowhere to be found.

It would be bad for business for them to say the numbers were shameful but even the pro-abortion benevolent press would come down on them if these groups came out to say the numbers were great. However, fiscally speaking, while the rest of the world was looking at bailouts and bankruptcy, abortionists and abortion clinics were seeing big payoffs for their PR campaigns and legal strategies.

Abortion in New York, it seems, was a great money-maker.

Black Americans and Hispanics together make up only half of New York City’s population yet the two minority groups made up more than 79 percent of the city’s abortions. If you take the total number of abortions in New York City in 2009—87,273—and multiply that times $500 for the cost of an average abortion, the money from abortion alone in New York City was  $43,636,500.00 for 2009.

Pro-abortion groups may be categorized as non-profits but the Planned Parenthood Federation of American alone pulled in over a billion dollars for the first time just a few short years ago. That billion included donations, federal and state funding and fees for “services.” Services like abortion.

This week, the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), a special affiliate of Planned Parenthood, released its latest report on the number of abortions in the U.S. For 2008, the most recent year numbers are available, there were 1.2 million abortions. Currently, twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (not including miscarriages) end in abortion.

New York City’s numbers are leading a national trend. According to AGI:

“Women in their twenties account for more than half of all abortions; women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and women aged 25-29 obtain 24%.

Thirty percent of abortions occur to non-Hispanic black women, 36% to non-Hispanic white women, 25% to Hispanic women and 9% to women of other races.

Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic.

Women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45% of all abortions.”

The number of abortions in the U.S. has remained steady at 1.2 million a year for the last few years—the downward trend we started seeing several years ago seems to be have become fixed.


For many women below the poverty line, PPFA and other abortion clinics act as local providers for women’s services. These organizations meet women in their neighborhoods with clinics that offer contraception, health screenings and check-ups. PPFA and other organizations like them already play a role in the lives of these women so it’s not surprising to find women turning to them when facing crisis pregnancies.

And it’s not in the best interest of PPFA and other abortion clinics to decrease the number of abortions. It’s not in their best interest to tell a young girl that adoption is best way or that raising the baby with the help of family is the best way. No, no, no. Instead, young women are told that abortion will keep them in school or let them continue their career or ease their poverty. They are reassured that abortion is the answer—and, oh, that will be $528.50 with tax. 

And let’s face it. Abortion is a business. It’s a very lucrative business. Note: Laura Echevarria is a opinion columnist. She is the former Director of Media Relations and a spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee and has been a radio announcer, freelance writer active in local politics.