By Katie Yoder
The latest numbers from America’s largest abortion provider acknowledge a hideous truth: while Planned Parenthood claims to provide “healthcare,” it focuses on death.
On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood released its belated 2015 – 2016 annual report. Among other things, Planned Parenthood boasted more abortions and more government funding, while, at the same time, fewer patients. The report also attacked “anti-abortion extremists” while celebrating media victories.
From 2015 to 2016, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions. To put that in perspective, that’s 4,349 more abortions than the year before (323,999 abortions).
But when it came to helping women keep their babies, Planned Parenthood offered a mere 9,419 “prenatal services” and 2,889 “adoption referrals.” That means that for every prenatal service given, Planned Parenthood committed nearly 35 abortions. That means that for every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood committed a whopping 113 abortions.
Even though the number of abortions went up, President Cecile Richards and Outgoing Chair Jill Lafer emphasized “we’re at the lowest abortion rate since Roe v. Wade was decided.” Furthermore, the report stressed a “long-term goal” to “build the case for expanding abortion access” in Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru for girls facing “forced pregnancy.”
Like the last annual report, the new report continued to stress the debunked statistic that abortion makes up 3% of Planned Parenthood’s “affiliate medical services data.”
As with abortion, Planned Parenthood saw a rise in government funding. The abortion giant received $554.6 million (41% of its revenue) from “government health services, reimbursements & grants.” According to Planned Parenthood’s 2014 – 2015 annual report, a year earlier, the organization received $553.7 million.
But Planned Parenthood faced at least one decrease: in patients. The organization saw 2.5 million in 2014 – 2015, but 2.4 million in 2015 – 2016.
That might have had something to do with the “attacks” by the Center for Medical Progress, which first made headlines in 2015, when the self-described “group of citizen journalists” published videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts.
In response, Planned Parenthood slammed the “anti-abortion extremists” and their “heavily edited undercover videos” in the new report. The report went so far as to credit the media for clearing the air (or, more likely, for refusing to air the footage [www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2017/05/30/planned-parenthood-performs-113-abortions-every-adoption]for the American public to see).
“In investigation after investigation by the media, the medical community, and forensic experts, their allegations were widely and resoundingly discredited,” the report read.
Other forensic experts found the opposite to be true. But Planned Parenthood reports won’t say that – because, well, they’re edited too.
And, it appears, Planned Parenthood still found the need to spend $3.5 million to “refresh” its “brand.” (An aim aided by liberal billionaire George Soros.)
The report also recognized Planned Parenthood’s media achievements, namely that its “virtual reality film” Across the Line premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in order to “tell the Planned Parenthood story” by “plac[ing] viewers in the shoes of a patient entering a health center for a safe and legal abortion.”
Besides Sundance, the film was “accepted at South by Southwest and the Cleveland International Film Festival,” “recognized at the Media Impact Festival,” and “won the People’s Choice Award and a prize from Time Warner.”
Unlike the 2014 – 2015 annual report, Planned Parenthood refrained from listing specific media partners or favorite celebrities. …
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.