Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards just unintentionally admitted that her abortion group is not as important to women’s health care as she claims it is.
Richards and Planned Parenthood’s other highly paid executives have been desperately trying to make a case for the nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars they receive annually from the federal government.
Planned Parenthood aborts about 320,000 unborn babies each year, more than any other group in the U.S., and has been rocked by numerous scandals in recent years. Federal lawmakers currently are debating legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood and redirect tax dollars to community health centers.
President Donald Trump recently offered Planned Parenthood a deal that would have allowed it to keep receiving tax money if it stopped doing abortions. Planned Parenthood refused.
On Monday, Richards posted a series of messages on Twitter in defense of her abortion group’s taxpayer funding. One referred to a report that “Planned Parenthood is the only clinic in 105 counties that offers women the full range of contraceptive services.”
Fact: In these 105 counties, Planned Parenthood is the only full service birth control clinic. https://t.co/r1x7BzlZRM
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 20, 2017
A Twitchy blogger who noticed Richards’ tweet said the report actually shows that Planned Parenthood is not really needed.
“… we looked up the number of counties in this country, and there are THOUSANDS of them. 105 counties is roughly just 3% … seriously,” according to the blog.
There are 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 105 Planned Parenthood-only counties would make up a little more than 3 percent of that total, as the blogger said.
Plus, according to the Vox report that Richards’ shared in her tweet, research by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute found that there were 8,409 community health centers in 2010 that offered subsidized family planning services. In contrast, Planned Parenthood operates about 650 clinics nation-wide.
What’s more, data from the abortion group’s own reports show a growing focus on abortions and a continuous decrease in its non-abortion services. From 2009 to 2014, “cancer screenings” dropped from 1,830,811 to just 682,208. “Breast exams/breast care” fell by more than half, from 830,312 in 2009 to 363,803 in 2014 and Pap smear tests dropped nearly two-thirds, from 904,820 to 271,539. In that same time period, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers remained steady, hovering around 320,000 per year.
And with approximately half a billion additional tax dollars slated to come their way when Planned Parenthood is defunded, it’s hard to believe that community health centers would not be able to expand their services to women in the 105 counties where the abortion group claims to be so needed.