What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood

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Feb 19, 2018

What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.

Unlike a real healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood is focused not on preserving but on ending lives—over 320,000 lives a year.

  • Every year, Planned Parenthood performs more than a third of all abortions in America—over 320,000 of them.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood’s own numbers prove it is a corporation that focuses primarily on abortion and services involving it, rather than on women’s health. One out of every eight of its clients annually undergo abortions; the company does not perform mammograms, and it performs less than two percent of all women’s cancer screenings in the U.S.View Source
  • Even the Washington Post, a Planned Parenthood ally, declared Planned Parenthood’s attempts to dramatically downplay the role of abortion in the services it provides to be “misleading.”View Source
  • WATCH: “Planned Parenthood Is Shrinking, But Abortions Still Increase” – Live ActionView Source

Federal law forbids the government from funding abortions, yet it gives $500 million a year to the nation’s leading provider of abortions.

  • According to federal law, the United States government is not permitted to spend taxpayer money on abortions.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year in federal funding. The corporation claims it uses that money not for its abortion services, but for other “discreet clinical interactions.”View Source
  • Over the last 10 years, Planned Parenthood’s annual clientele has dropped 23%, but during this time its taxpayer funding has skyrocketed from $336 million in 2006 to $543 million in 2016.View Source
  • Related reading: “Disentangling the Data on Planned Parenthood Affiliates’ Abortion Services and Receipt of Taxpayer Funding” – Heritage FoundationView Source
  • WATCH: Interview with a former Planned Parenthood manager on the impossibility of separating tax dollars from abortions at the company.View Source

Planned Parenthood claims that abortions are a small part of what it does, but it performs more abortions than anyone else in America.

  • Every day, Planned Parenthood performs on average over 880 abortions.View Source
  • Every year, Planned Parenthood performs over 320,000 abortions, which is more than a third of all abortions in America annually.View Source
  • While the total number of abortions performed in America has fallen, Planned Parenthood’s market share has increased. In 2015, it performed over 35% of all abortions in the U.S.View Source
  • Related reading: “For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading” – The Washington PostView Source

MYTH: Planned Parenthood is a major provider of cancer screenings. FACT: It provides less than 2% of the nation’s screenings each year.

  • Planned Parenthood claims to provide life-saving cancer screenings, yet it provides less than 2% of the nation’s screenings each year.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood hides their primary mission by saying they provide “vital reproductive health care” instead of just abortions.View Source

MYTH: Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. FACT: Planned Parenthood provides zero mammograms.

  • Planned Parenthood provides very few cancer screenings and doesn’t provide mammograms.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood provides less than 2% of the nation’s cancer screenings each year.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood masks their primary mission by saying they provide “vital reproductive health care” instead of just abortions.View Source
  • Related reading: “For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading” – The Washington PostView Source

Planned Parenthood says they provide ultrasounds, but the ultrasounds are really just used to facilitate abortions.  

  • Planned Parenthood talks about providing ultrasounds, but the ultrasound is only for Planned Parenthood’s use – to facilitate abortions.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood masks their primary mission by saying they provide “vital reproductive health care” instead of just abortions.View Source
  • Related reading: “Disentangling the Data on Planned Parenthood Affiliates’ Abortion Services and Receipt of Taxpayer Funding” – Heritage FoundationView Source

Planned Parenthood performed more than a third of all abortions in America in 2015. Abortion, not women’s health, is its reason for being.

  • Every year Planned Parenthood performs more than a third of all abortions in America—over 320,000 of them.View Source
  • That amounts to over 880 abortions every day.View Source
  • The number of total abortions in the U.S. is going down.View Source
  • However, Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions has grown, surpassing 35% in 2015.View Source
  • WATCH: “Planned Parenthood's Services Decrease As Government Funding Increases” – Live ActionView Source

MYTH: Abortions account for only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services. FACT: Most of of its services are connected to abortions.  

  • To get to its claim that only 3% of its services are abortions, Planned Parenthood counts every “discrete clinical interaction” as a separate service, even if that service is connected to a patient getting an abortion.View Source
  • An abortion, a pregnancy test, and a prescription would all be counted as separate interactions.View Source
  • Divide the number of abortions, 321,000, by 9.5 million “separate services,” and you get 3%. Even the Washington Post, a Planned Parenthood ally, declared this 3% figure “misleading.”View Source
  • As National Review’s Rich Lowry put it, this would be like Major League Baseball saying they sell 20 million hot dogs, but only play 2,430 games, so baseball is only .012% of what they do.View Source

Planned Parenthood aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption. 

  • Planned Parenthood aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption.View Source
  • Related reading: “The 3 Percent Dodge” – Rich Lowry, National ReviewView Source
  • Related reading: “For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading” – The Washington PostView Source
  • Related reading: “Disentangling the Data on Planned Parenthood Affiliates’ Abortion Services and Receipt of Taxpayer Funding” – Heritage FoundationView Source

Planned Parenthood says it provides “vital” health care services, but most of those services actually revolve around abortions. 

  • Planned Parenthood masks their primary mission by saying they provide “vital reproductive health care” instead of just abortions.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood provides less than 2% of the nation’s cancer screenings each year.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood talks about providing ultrasounds, but the ultrasound is only for Planned Parenthood’s use – to facilitate abortions.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption.View Source

Just about everything about Planned Parenthood is a deception: its purpose, its funding, its very name.

  • Every year, Planned Parenthood performs more than a third of all abortions in America—over 320,000 of them.View Source
  • Planned Parenthood’s own numbers prove it is a corporation that focuses primarily on abortion and services involving it, rather than on women’s health. One out of every eight of its clients annually undergo abortions; the company does not perform mammograms, and it performs less than two percent of all women’s cancer screenings in the U.S.View Source
  • Even the Washington Post, a Planned Parenthood ally, declared Planned Parenthood’s attempts to dramatically downplay the role of abortion in the services it provides to be “misleading.”View Source
  • Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year in federal funding. The corporation claims it uses that money not for its abortion services, but for other “discreet clinical interactions.”View Source

Imagine there’s an organization that claims to stand for one thing, but actually stands for another.

Imagine this organization calls itself a “health care provider,” but it’s not involved in preserving life; it’s involved in ending it.

And imagine that you help finance this organization – whether you want to or not.

Well, you don’t have to imagine. This organization exists. And it has a name with which you are very familiar. It calls itself “Planned Parenthood,” and the deception begins right there. Planned Parenthood doesn’t help people plan for parenthood; it helps people escape it.

And that’s only the start of its deceptions.

Planned Parenthood tells you it’s one of the nation’s “leading women’s health care providers,” but it provides very little healthcare.

It tells you it provides adoption referrals, but the only adoption advice it is likely to offer is, “Google it.”

Most deceptive of all, Planned Parenthood tells you that abortions are a small part of what it does, but it performs more abortions than anyone else in America.

Here are the facts.

The folks who run Planned Parenthood boast that they provide life-saving cancer screenings. And they do. Just not that many of them – less than 2% of the nation’s screenings each year.

They talk about providing breast exams.  They do, but just not that many of them—again, less 2% of the nation’s total.

They talk about providing ultrasounds, but the last thing they want to do is show a pregnant woman an image of her growing child. So, they don’t. The ultrasound is only for Planned Parenthood’s use—to better facilitate patients’ abortions.

In other words, abortion – not women’s health – is Planned Parenthood’s reason for being.

Every year it does more than a third of all abortions in America—over 321,000 of them. That’s equivalent to every inhabitant of St. Louis or Pittsburgh – wiped out, every year. That’s over 880 abortions every day. An abortion every 98 seconds.

And while the number of total abortions in the United States is going down, Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions has increased from 23% in 2006 to 34% in 2016.

So, when Planned Parenthood says it’s devoted to women’s reproductive rights, what it means is it’s devoted to aborting as many babies as possible.

And here’s the biggest deception of them all: Planned Parenthood would like you to believe that abortion is only 3% of the total services they provide.

Three percent. Doesn’t sound like very much, does it?

But here’s how they get to that 3%: They count every “discrete clinical interaction” as its own service. What is a “discrete clinical interaction”? Pretty much anything you do from the moment you walk into one of their clinics.

I’ll give you an example. Let’s say a woman comes into Planned Parenthood for one service—an abortion. Before providing an abortion, Planned Parenthood has to confirm that the woman is pregnant, right? So, they administer another service—a pregnancy test. That’s two services! Then, after the abortion, on your way out the door, they hand you a prescription. That’s three services!

And there are many other services provided during the abortion process that Planned Parenthood claims as “discrete clinical interactions.”

In this way, Planned Parenthood is able to rack up 9.5 million of these so-called “services” each year.  Divide the number of abortions—321,000—by 9.5 million, and you get 3%. Even the Washington Post, a Planned Parenthood ally, declared this 3% figure “very misleading.”

Rich Lowry of National Review nicely illustrated this phony statistic: It would be like Major League Baseball saying they sell 20 million hot dogs, but only play 2,430 games, so baseball is only .012% of what they do.

So, why does Planned Parenthood engage in all these deceptions?

Well, as they say, follow the money. According to federal law, the United States government is not permitted to spend taxpayer money on abortions. But Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year in federal funding. Not for abortions, mind you. But for those other “discreet clinical interactions.”

Over the last 10 years, its annual clientele has dropped 23%—almost a quarter. But during this time, its taxpayer funding has skyrocketed from $336 million in 2006 to $543 million in 2016.

The reality is, just about everything about Planned Parenthood is a deception. Its purpose, its funding, its very name.

That’s why Planned Parenthood’s biggest enemy isn’t conservatives or religious people. Its biggest enemy is truth.

I’m Lila Rose founder and President of Live Action for Prager University.

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