Planned Parenthood sells itself as a non-profit organization that concerns itself with women’s health, but a shocking new report indicates Planned Parenthood is little more than an abortion business. While the number of abortions it does and the percentage of its operations that are abortions is in the rise, the number of women receiving legitimate health care at Planned Parenthood is steadily declining.
“Over the last 45 years, Planned Parenthood has become the expert in making money from ending lives,” observed Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. Her organization released the report today which details how the billion-dollar abortion company has increased its profits and market share, even as fewer women have abortions every year.
Yoest told LifeNews.com: “Unlike the national trend observed by the Associated Press last week, the Centers for Disease Control, and everywhere else that abortions are on the decline, at Planned Parenthood abortion sales are up – meanwhile its overall patients and other services are down. This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass-produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.”
The new AUL analysis documents how Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has gobbled up the abortion market, aggressively displacing unaffiliated abortion clinics in favor of its large facilities in urban centers, so that it can increase the number of abortions done on unborn babies. Yoest says these mega-centers (abortion clinics of at least 10,000 square feet) have opened in at least 18 cities since 2004.
“Planned Parenthood’s mega-centers strategy coincides with its increasing share of the U.S. abortion market: from performing 1 in 5 abortions to 1 in 3,” Yoest said, noting that Planned Parenthood, in abandoning health care for women, has mandated that all of its affiliates do abortions. As a result, the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has increased along with the addition of the mega-centers by more than 70,000 abortions annually.
In contrast to its growing abortion business, during the era of mega-center expansion, Planned Parenthood’s overall client base has declined by 10 percent. Simultaneously, cancer screening and prevention services at PPFA’s centers have been cut by more than 50 percent, Yoest added.
“Planned Parenthood deceptively holds itself out as protecting women’s health, as it cuts legitimate health care in favor of abortion sales, while lobbying for more taxpayer largesse,” she said.
Yoest told LifeNews thatPlanned Parenthood’s ability to open mega-centers and take over the abortion market has been enabled by hefty taxpayer funding. PPFA affiliates’ reported revenue from taxpayer dollars has increased from $272.7 million in its 2004-2005 fiscal year, to an average of $536.6 million in each one of the past 4 years. According to PPFA’s most recently released annual report, 41% of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 billion in revenue came from the American taxpayer.
“The time is now for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and invest taxpayers’ hard-earned money in real healthcare that saves lives and safeguards women’s health,” she said.