Actress Elizabeth Banks is promoting the Planned Parenthood abortion business (as the Hunger Games actress has done before) and is drawing criticism from pro-life advocates for misleading about the fact that it is the biggest abortion company in the United States.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger, noticed the web ad released by the Obama campaign yesterday that features Banks touting Planned Parenthood and Obama.
“What is it, 95% of them don’t involve anything controversial?” asks Banks in the ad. “So for that little 5% that Mitt Romney decides he doesn’t agree with, he’s going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing?”
Banks, of course, is referring to abortion when speaking of “that little 5%,” without, of course, saying the unpopular A-word.
But let’s stop at “that little 5%.” It really doesn’t matter whether the actual percentage of abortions Planned Parenthood commits comprises 3%, 5%, 10%, 12%, or even 36.7% of its business. What matters are the numbers.
The numbers Stanek speaks of are the figures showing hundreds of thousands of abortions and very few pregnant women receiving non-abortion services from Planned Parenthood. The most recent annual report Planned Parenthood released 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.
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.
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The Banks video is below: