A Case to Defund Planned Parenthood

"We’re in the fight of our lives." That’s how one Planned Parenthood executive describes the ongoing efforts to cut off federal funding from the abortion giant — revenue that equals more than one-half of a billion dollars a year in taxpayer money.  That’s more than 4 billion dollars in the last 8 years alone.

According to its annual report, in 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood received more than $554 million in "government health services grants and reimbursements," renewing calls for Congress to defund the nation’s top abortion seller.

Efforts to pull funding from Planned Parenthood are coming from a variety of directions. From freestanding bills to legislation to "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act, the push to defund the abortion giant continues on Capitol Hill in several forms.

Planned Parenthood's response is consistent, focusing on its non-abortion activities. No one disputes that offering women pregnancy tests, STI testing and cancer screenings is beneficial. That's not the problem; it's giving money to an organization that commits abortions.

According to news reports, President Trump recently offered to retain or even increase funding if Planned Parenthood would get out of the abortion business.

It said "no."

Let's consider some facts about Planned Parenthood, abortion and money: 

  • Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion seller, with almost one in three U.S. abortions committed at its facilitiesApproximately one million abortions a year in the U.S.; Planned Parenthood reports 328,348 abortions in 2015.
  • More than 1 in 7 Planned Parenthood clients have abortions.2.4 million US clients in 2016; 328,348 abortions in 2015. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/planned-parenthood-at-a-glance
  • The number of Planned Parenthood abortions has increased more than 40 percent since 2002 ― this during a period of time when the number of abortions nationally has dropped.Planned Parenthood’s 2002 abortion total found in 2003-2004 Annual Report. http://www.plannedparenthoodrx.com/annualreport/report-04.pdf

In 2015:

  • A pregnant woman going to Planned Parenthood was more than 25 times more likely to abort than receive an adoption referral or prenatal care.
  • For every one adoption referral that was made, Planned Parenthood performed 113 abortions.
  • The number of abortions increased while Planned Parenthood's prenatal services dropped almost by half.

Questions Surrounding Planned Parenthood

What’s going on with Planned Parenthood and abortion?

Perhaps it's money.

Planned Parenthood's estimated annual revenue for selling abortions in 2015 could be more than $200 million — representing two-thirds of its health center income and one-sixth of its total budget for that year.This estimate is based on range of the average prices advertised for surgical ( up to $1500) and chemical (up to $800) abortions and the total number of abortions in 2015 (328,348); also considering stated health services revenue; calculation based on an equal number of surgical and chemical abortions as the precise number in each category is unknown. (Surgical: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/in-clinic-abortion-procedures/how-do-i-get-an-in-clinic-abortion ; Chemical https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/the-abortion-pill/how-do-i-get-the-abortion-pill.)

The fact that more than half of its billion-dollar-plus revenue in 2015-2016 came from our wallets and abortion sales makes it clear that our tax dollars have no business in Planned Parenthood's coffers.

What happens if Congress defunds Planned Parenthood?

It’s likely that it will stay open and afloat. With big abortion profits and more than half of its annual budget coming from "health services revenue" and private contributions, Planned Parenthood could increase the price of abortions and raise more private donations to offset the loss of federal funds rather than close its doors. 

There’s also recent precedent for abortion supporters to fill in the financial gap when government stops funding abortion.

Let’s hope Congress gives the abortion giant that opportunity.

© 2015, 2017 Focus on the Family.