The abortion chain Planned Parenthood finally released its annual report this week, about four months later than it usually does.
The report shows increases in abortion numbers and taxpayer funding in 2015, alongside decreases in contraception, breast exams and overall patient numbers.
Planned Parenthood continued to maintain its status as the largest abortion provider in the United States. The abortion group performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, 4,349 more than the previous year, according to the report.
At the same time, it saw 2.4 million patients, about 100,000 fewer than the previous year and about 500,000 fewer than five years ago. Contraception services, which the abortion chain touts as its primary service, also dropped from 2.94 million to 2.8 million during the past two years.
Meanwhile, the abortion chain received more taxpayer funding. The report shows Planned Parenthood receiving $554.6 million, up from $553.7 million the previous year. This increase occurred while pro-abortion President Barack Obama was in power.
This pattern is consistent with its annual reports from the past several years. Abortions and taxpayer funding keep going up, while patient numbers and other services go down.
Townhall’s Lauretta Brown pointed out one of the ironies in the annual report:
In the “Message from Our Leadership” section of the report, the organization boasts that “thanks to affordable access to effective contraception — we’re at the lowest abortion rate since Roe v. Wade was decided.”
An interesting claim given that the number of abortions the organization provides is up and the number of contraceptive services is down from last year’s report.
Abortions are down in the United States as a whole. In 2014, abortion numbers dropped below 1 million for the first time in four decades, according to the Guttmacher Institute. This means Planned Parenthood is performing about one third of all abortions in the U.S.
Yet, Planned Parenthood continues to claim that abortions only make up about 3 percent of its services. Even liberal and mainstream media fact checkers have debunked the claim.
Right to Life of Michigan, which analyzed the latest report, thinks the abortion group may be manipulating its numbers in new ways to maintain its “3 percent” claim.
“Planned Parenthood counts certain parts of a procedure or visit as a service. This enables them to count or not count whatever they want. Looking at their annual reports over the years, frequently new categories of services get added to the report out of thin air. Let’s use their most recent annual report as an example,” the pro-life group wrote on its blog.
One new category this year is “well women exams,” which include a pap test, breast exam and other services, according to the group.
“So, Planned Parenthood is counting the exam itself, the breast exam and the pap test as three services, tripling their numbers,” according to RTL of Michigan. “ … When Planned Parenthood adds all of the numbers up, they get 9,494,977 [total] services, an increase over the previous year despite a drop of 100,000 clients. Those services are just enough to keep abortion at 3.46 percent of their ‘services,’ awfully close to that magic 3.5 threshold of having to say ‘4 percent’ instead.”
Non-life destroying pregnancy services are extremely low in comparison to abortions. Prenatal care services dropped almost 50 percent in one year, from 17,419 to 9,419, and adoption referrals, while up slightly, remained extremely low at 2,889, according to the report.
Many have speculated that Planned Parenthood did not release its report in January, its usual timeframe, because of the on-going battles to defund it by state and federal lawmakers.
A recent congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded with lawmakers recommended that Congress defund it. Planned Parenthood also has been caught in numerous scandals involving Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.
Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if they stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are what really are important to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood claims it is an essential provider of women’s health care, but its own annual reports show it continues to center its practices around aborting unborn babies.