By Dave Andrusko
During the campaign, pro-life President Donald Trump made clear that he was not opposed to federal funds going to Planned Parenthood if the nation’s largest provider of abortions got out of the abortion business.
The New York Times ran a story yesterday, talking about informal discussions in which the President made that proposal to Planned Parenthood. Of course, PPFA, which continues to propagate the falsehood that abortion makes up only 3% of the “services” it provides, immediately said no.
“Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
PPFA receives over half a billion dollars each year from the federal government. (This helps explain why this $1.3 billion “non-profit” has tens of millions of dollars of “excess of revenues over expenses” left over each year.)
The Times reached out to President Trump who issued the following statement:
“As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings,” he said.
“Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
So how important is abortion to Planned Parenthood? Its latest annual report came out at the beginning of 2016. We learned that clinics affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed 323,999 abortions in 2014.
Planned Parenthood said it delivered 11,238,414 patient “services” in 2009. But by 2014, the number was down to 9,455,582, according to the latest annual report.
Cancer screenings fell from 1,830,811 to just 682,208 in that same five-year period. “Breast exams/breast care” fell by more than half, from 830,312 in 2009 to 363,803 in 2014 and Pap smear tests dropped nearly two-thirds, from 904,820 to 271,539.
And if that weren’t enough, the “3%” figure also “neatly slides around how much aborting more than 330,000 children fattens PPFA’s bottom line,” said Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRL Director of Education & Research. “At standard rates, that would represent about $150 million in revenues. And that doesn’t even count the addition dollars that accrue when PPFA performs more expensive chemical abortions or abortions later in pregnancy.”