A question in a new survey Students for Life of America released last week should cause alarm for pro-life advocate working against Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.
In the Students for Life nationally-commissioned poll, young, college-aged adults, were asked a variety of questions on abortion issues. One question queried, “Do you believe it is (ROTATED) mostly true or mostly false that Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortion to pregnant women?”
Alarmingly, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood does more than one-quarter of all abortions in the United States and is one of the leading worldwide abortion businesses, the plurality of respondents – 48% – said they did not know or could not judge whether Planned Parenthood clinics offered abortions to pregnant women. While half had no idea Planned Parenthood is an abortion business, 37 percent understood the true nature of the organization while another 11 percent said Planned Parenthood doesn’t do abortions.
The poll also found pro-life advocates have significantly more work to do to expose Planned Parenthood, its abuses, violations of law, botched abortions, how it misleads women and how it promotes abortions nationally and globally. The poll found 66 percent of those young adults surveyed have a favorable view of Planned Parenthood while 11 percent have an unfavorable view, 14 percent are unsure and three percent had never heard of the abortion giant.
“Respondents’ favorability towards Planned Parenthood was a strong indicator of whether they believed the organization to be an abortion provider. Those who were unfavorable toward Planned Parenthood were much more likely than its supporters to know about their abortion offerings (69%-40%),” the SFLA poll indicated. “However, respondents that identified as pro-choice on both the 2-point and 6-point scales were more inclined than pro-lifers to know about Planned Parenthood’s abortion offerings (45% vs. 40%, 2 pt.; 48% vs. 32%, 6pt). This demonstrates a messaging opportunity to pro-life and conservative young adults, as well as those who straddle the fence on the issue.”
The most recent annual report from Planned Parenthood showed it helped fewer pregnant women with prenatal care and the number of pregnant women it referred for adoptions declined as well.
On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars — a net profit. The new report also revealed 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.
The report also broke down the “services” Planned Parenthood offers in addition to abortions. Planned Parenthood has always come under fire from pro-life groups for doing hundreds of thousands of abortions but providing little in the way of help for pregnant women wanting to keep their baby or considering adoption. The new report showed that hasn’t changed.
The document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.
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The number of women receiving prenatal care dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010, as the abortion business helped 40,489 women in 2009 — meaning almost 10,000 fewer women received prenatal support from Planned Parenthood last year than the year prior, or a drop of almost 25 percent. The number of women getting adoption referrals also declined — from a low 977 in 2009 to 841 last year, or a decline of 14 percent.
Examined another way Planned Parenthood does 391 abortions for every adoption referral it makes and almost 11 abortions for every woman it helps with prenatal care.
The trend at Planned Parenthood has been for its non-abortion services for pregnant women to decline while its number of abortions performed has increased. The 2009 annual report Planned Parenthood released earlier this year showed a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients and a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008.
Planned Parenthood’s own records now show 5,364,540 surgical and medical abortions done at Planned Parenthood centers from 1970 through the end of 2009.