Planned Parenthood recently released their annual report [PDF] for the 2009-2010 year, and the numbers revealed some very interesting information.
Jill Stanek reports the downward trend in most of their numbers, making Planned Parenthood look like a company in decline. And, as usual, Jim Sedlak at STOPP has an intricate breakdown of everything the numbers can tell us.
But if you’ve only been listening to Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric for the last year or so, you’d never know they were the largest abortion chain in America. You might think they were a breast exam and cancer screening business who did an abortion once a few years back.
Defunding Effort Forces a Planned Parenthood Rebrand
Since last year’s push to defund Planned Parenthood, they’ve been forced to justify exactly why they should be receiving nearly half a billion (with a B) dollars in taxpayer funding. New numbers show tax dollars to be nearly 50% of their annual budget!
Nobody likes abortion, and even many pro-choice people don’t like paying for it, so Planned Parenthood has been forced to make a huge effort in the media to disassociate themselves from abortion and make a huge deal out of the more palatable services they provide.
So they’ve been saying that the primary focus of their business is health care services like breast exams, pap smears, cancer screenings and prenatal care. Sounds like a warm, friendly outfit, doesn’t it?
And, what’s more, they’re constantly telling the media that they’re often the only people who provide these services in a given area, and without them, women would die of cancer. Literally.
New Numbers Tell a Different Story
But the numbers in the latest annual report paint a very different picture indeed. Over the 2009-2010 year, the number of cancer screenings Planned Parenthood performed went down by 183,000. Breast exams? Down by 80,000. Pap tests? Down by over 130,000. Prenatal services? Down 10,000.
In fact, Planned Parenthood has seen a sharp decrease in nearly every service they provide, except one. Abortion numbers fell, but very slightly—2,000 fewer, a decrease of less than 1%.
With the economy still faltering and Planned Parenthood’s slice of the tax-dollar pie getting bigger every year, their claims that abortion is a tiny part of their business are increasingly absurd. In fact, abortion made up over 50% of their clinic income in 2009-2010.
We’ve always known Planned Parenthood was Abortion, Inc., but these numbers shine a bright light on their falsehoods. Next time someone tries to downplay the role abortion plays in Planned Parenthood’s business, take them to the numbers straight from Planned Parenthood.