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Planned Parenthood Crumbling: Abortions Up, Services Down, Taxpayers on the Hook

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Over the holiday weekend leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Planned Parenthood released its annual report for June 2017-June 2018. That report painted a dire picture for the abortion giant, as the group doubled down on abortion and taxpayer funding, experiencing a drop in new patients and a decrease in other services.

According to an analysis from the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, Planned Parenthood may be facing a dire crisis as more than one-third of its overall revenue comes from taxpayer funds even as abortion numbers increase and taxpayers are reluctant to bankroll abortion.

During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood reported an income of $1.67 billion, of which $631 million (38 percent) came from private contributions. Taxpayer funding increased from $543.7 million in 2016-2017 to $563.8 million, reaching nearly 34 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue. The abortion giant’s taxpayer funding has increased more than 55 percent in the past ten years.

According to a Knights of Columbus (KOC)/Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans oppose or strongly oppose using taxpayer dollars to fund a woman’s abortion in the U.S. That’s very bad news for the abortion giant because abortions are up and other services are down.

Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions in 2017-2018, an increase of more than 11,000 from the previous year, and 3,280,520 abortions in the past ten years. Abortions made up a whopping 96 percent — ninety-six percent — of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services. Prenatal services accounted for 2.6 percent, miscarriage care took up 0.5 percent, and adoption referrals accounted for a mere 0.8 percent of pregnancy resolution services.

For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed more than 117 abortions. It has been even worse in recent years. Over the past decade, the group performed approximately 148 abortions for every adoption referral. Is it any wonder hundreds of thousands of Americans march against a war on the unborn?

Meanwhile, over the past ten years, total services are down 11.5 percent and total cancer screening and prevention services have dropped by nearly 67 percent — breast exams fell by 64 percent and pap tests dropped by 70 percent. Prenatal services are down by nearly 78 percent from their peak in 2009. Even contraceptive services have dropped by more than 31 percent in the past decade.

While the number of unique patients remained constant at 2.4 million in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, unique patients fell by 20 percent in the past decade.

Over the past ten years, approximately 240 Planned Parenthood facilities have closed their doors, costing the abortion giant 29 percent of its clinics.

Meanwhile, pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) are increasing across the nation. Last year, SBA List’s Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) reported that there are 2,752 PRCs in the U.S., and that number is only growing.

Last year, CLI predicted that Planned Parenthood would fold after only 3-5 years once public funds are cut. The group’s increasing number of abortions and decreasing proportion of other services should worry any American who opposes taxpayer funding for abortion. Money is fungible and abortion is the one steady aspect of Planned Parenthood’s business model.

Sadly, Republicans did not defund Planned Parenthood in the last two years, and the Democrats seem very unlikely to consider such a strategy. Americans must make their opposition known, and we should shame Planned Parenthood for its increasing radicalism.

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