As More Planned Parenthood Centers Close, Abortions Decline

Opinion   |   Jennie Stone   |   Feb 29, 2012   |   11:46AM   |   Washington, DC

Karen Hildebrand, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of West Texas, claimed that “we are gonna see an increase in abortion rates” upon the closing of a Planned Parenthood facility in Odessa, Texas.

This is one of the top pro-Planned Parenthood mantras: claiming that without them, abortion rates are going to jump up. However, statistics and Planned Parenthood’s own numbers throughout the years prove otherwise.

In 1995, there were 938 operating Planned Parenthood clinics in the country. That number is down to 785. Another number down? Annual number of abortions in America.

The number of annual abortions performed in America slowly but surely declined since 1990, when it peaked at 1.6 million abortions yearly. That number is down to 1.2 million. Planned Parenthood’s abortion rate, on the other hand, has increased annually since 1996, and only declined for the first time between 2009 and 2010, going down from 331,796 to 329,445.

A declining number of Planned Parenthood facilities has correlated with a declining number of annual abortions in America. The only time those abortion numbers have increased is within the walls of their own clinics. Note: Jennie Stone writes for the Live Action blog and this column is reprinted with permission.