Planned Parenthood is the nation’s biggest abortion business. Without a budget in excess of $1 billion and receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in the form of taxpayer grants from federal, state and local governments, Planned Parenthood does a larger percentage of abortions in the United States than anyone else.
The good news for the pro-life movement is that it has been successful in closing down Planned Parenthood abortion and abortion referral clinics. These closures occur for a variety of reasons: pro-life legislation, the effectiveness of pregnancy centers, prayer campaigns and sidewalk counseling and holding Planned Parenthood accountable for breaking health and safety regulations protecting women.
Consider these numbers from the pro-life group STOPP Planned Parenthood about how the battle against the abortion giant has gone in 2014:
Planned Parenthood is now operating 668 clinics, down from 695 at the end of 2013. Planned Parenthood has closed or announced the imminent closure of 34 facilities, while it opened seven new ones, for a net loss of 27 clinics in 2014—with over a month left until year’s end.
Pro-life advocates across the country have ramped up the fight against Planned Parenthood exponentially in recent years. There are many efforts and groups that have had a hand in bringing about the closures, from on-site prayer and sidewalk counseling to community activism, legislative and educational efforts, defunding, and much more.
Planned Parenthood kills over 300,000 babies a year in its own facilities. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, who is now pro-life, has revealed that Planned Parenthood aggressively pushes abortions simply as a way to make money.
During the 13 years from December 31, 1995, through the end of 2008, Planned Parenthood closed 125 facilities—an average of 9.6 per year. But during the comparatively brief five-year period from January 1, 2009, through today, 145 Planned Parenthood clinics have shut down. That’s an average of 24 per year!