President Trump Was Right: Planned Parenthood is a $2 Billion Abortion Biz That Doesn’t Need Our Money

Opinion   |   Brad Mattes   |   Aug 22, 2019   |   7:46PM   |   Washington, DC

This week, Planned Parenthood (PP) forfeited $60 million in Title X tax funding instead of getting out of the abortion business. That was their share of a total $286 hundred million earmarked for family planning services.

The president’s Protect Life Rule prevents any entity that provides or refers for abortion from receiving Title X funds.

Is the President’s decision justified? Let’s take a summary look.

Title X dollars are fungible when it comes to abortion. For example, PP abortion facilities use it as a slush fund, spending the money on advertising, staffing, utilities, rent, office supplies or computers.  These assets are used to facilitate both family planning services and abortion. The Protect Life Rule draws a bright line between family planning and the abortion industry by excluding entities that refer for or provide abortion.

Planned Parenthood had developed an end-run game around Title X money and the Hyde Amendment which prohibits tax dollars from funding abortion. It’s reported the organization will only refer women to another PP facility for an abortion, even if it’s hours away and a non-affiliated abortion center is nearby. So, PP collected Title X tax funding and then referred women to other PP abortion facilities that were paid to do the abortions.

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Does Planned Parenthood need Title X funding to exist? These PP realities were compiled by Jeanneane Maxon, JD, with Charlotte Lozier Institute.

      • According to their 2017/2018 annual report they have $1.9 billion in assets
      • $1.6 billion in income, a 14% increase over the year before
      • $245 hundred million in excess revenue over expenses, more than double the previous year
      • $216 to $334 hundred million estimated income from abortion
      • $244 hundred million in estimated Medicaid reimbursements

Does Planned Parenthood actually provide legitimate health care services to women? While the abortion giant continues to increase the number of abortions it commits – most recently 332,757 in a single year – according to a SBA/CLI statistical report, its non-abortion services have dramatically decreased.

      • The number of unique patients has dropped 20%
      • Total services are down 11%
      • Preventive services of cancer screening, including pap smears and breast exams have declined a whopping 67%
      • Contraception services are down 31%
      • Prenatal services have dropped 78%

Planned Parenthood’s priority and major function is abortion.

Will women go without family planning services because Planned Parenthood no longer receives Title X funding?

According to Health and Human Services, Planned Parenthood’s fewer than 400 facilities that received Title X tax dollars represented less than 10% of the 4,000 sites that benefit from its family planning program.

Further, thousands of Community Health Care Centers throughout the nation far outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities and provide family planning in addition to a host of other medical services for women.

Women don’t need Planned Parenthood and they are better served by bona fide, more broad-based medical clinics. They aren’t the only winners. A majority of the American taxpayers also benefit. Note: Bradley Mattes is the President of Life Issues Institute, a national pro-life educational group.