Planned Parenthood Misleads on Birth Control Statistics

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 22, 2011   |   1:48PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood has launched a new campaign designed to make it appear a large percentage of women support its abortion agenda by focusing on the percentage of women who use birth control. The only problem is the statistic is erroneous.

In Twitter and on Facebook, Planned Parenthood is pushing a claim that “99 percent of women” use birth control and promoting a petition to the White House to support a potential rule the Obama administration may put into place to force insurance companies and religious groups to cover birth control in their health insurance.

But Marc John Paul of Live Action noticed the figure and pointed out that it is incorrect.

“Oh, but give that big, corrupt, money-machine a cookie for trying. They posted the following graphic on their Facebook page today,” he said.

Yet, the Guttmacher Institute, the pro-abortion organization that is a former Planned Parenthood affiliate, named for a former Planned Parenthood vice president, and still funded by the abortion business, says Planned Parenthood is wrong.

“Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using a method [of birth control],” Guttmacher asserts.

Paul responds, “But you don’t really need a research team to tell you that 99% is a bit of a desperate grab at maintaining your own importance. I wonder — briefly — whether they are under the delusion that spreading false info helps them?”

The deception is not surprising given that Guttmacher reports 54% of women having abortions used birth control at the time of their abortion — making it clear that birth control and contraception are not effective in reducing the number of abortions or preventing them, as Planned Parenthood claims.

The Guttmacher report shows “54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method *usually condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant.” These figures are similar to those of a report in Spain showing abortions doubling despite increased family planning promotion. And, of the women who say they did not intend to become pregnant, the report said “most of these women have practiced contraception in the past.”

Despite the figures and the failure of birth control and contraception to arrest the abortion figures, Planned Parenthood said in a statement it should be promoted further.

The reasons women give for having an abortion are birth control in nature. Asked to check off a list with more than one reason, 75 percent say they can’t afford to have a baby, 75 percent say having a baby would interfere with work or school, and half say they don’t want to become a single parent or have issues of having a child with their husband or partner.