Planned Parenthood’s Claim that only 3% of its services are abortions
By: Paul Stam
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the largest provider of abortions in the United States, performing 327,653abortions in 2013-2014. According to PPFA’s Annual Report from 2013-2014, only 3% of its total services are for abortion procedures. However, a service is broadly defined by PPFA as “a discrete clinical interaction, such as the administration of a physical exam or STI test or the provision of a birth control method.” If a woman comes to a Planned Parenthood clinic for an abortion, she will be tested for STDs before the procedure and is given aspirin after the procedure. These are counted as three separate services.
But actual abortion accounts for almost 50% of PPFA’s health service revenue. The average abortion price is $451. Multiply that by the number of abortions performed, 327,653 procedures, that equals $147.8 million. That is 48.41% of the total $305.3 million health services revenue reported by PPFA on its annual report.
The 2013-2014 PPFA report also indicates that 41% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from government subsidies. Planned Parenthood reported that its annual revenue for 2013-2014 was $1.303 billion. However, PPFA’s health center income, the amount derived from non-governmental sources for health services, was around $305 million in 2013-2014. Use of government subsidies, such as Medicaid, to pay for abortions is prohibited.
The 3% figure that PPFA has trumpeted for its abortion services is bogus.
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