By Dave Andrusko
This is the fifth annual “State of Abortion in the United States” and, like its predecessors, is crammed full of highly comprehensive, equally readable information about the topics and subject matter most important to pro-lifers.
This 69-page overview of the state of abortion in our culture produced by expert staff at National Right to Life, begins with an introduction from NRLC President Carol Tobias. She ends with
This fifth annual “State of Abortion in the United States” is not just a snapshot of where we are at as we observe the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v.Bolton, but also a blueprint for how we move forward to build a culture that values life and respects mother and their children.
Indeed, a blueprint for moving forward. Just a quick summary from Part One.
There are five sections in “State of Abortion in the United States” along with a very helpful appendix:
- United States Abortion Numbers
- Planned Parenthood’s Billion-Dollar Empire
- Public Opinion Polling
- Federal Policy & Abortion
- State Laws & Abortion
Included in the Appendix are a Synopsis of U.S. Supreme Court Cases and the presidential records on life of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
I’m going to use Part Two to focus on “Planned Parenthood’s Billion-Dollar Empire” for reasons that are obvious going in (they aborted 321,384 unborn babies in 2016) and for others that will become apparent.
In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, PPFA took in $1,459,600 in revenues even though the number of patients it saw dropped by 20%, cancer screenings plunged by almost 2/3rds, and their much vaunted (but barely existent) prenatal services declined by more than 3/4ths–from 40,489 in 2009 to just 7,762 in 2016.
How’d they do it at a time when the number of clinics has dropped from 872 in 2010 to 600 in 2016? For one thing, they erected megaclinics which can abort huge numbers of babies.
For another, an enormous increase in private giving. In 2015, it was $353.5 million. A year later it had jumped to $445.8 million. In 2017 the figure had risen to $532.7 million.
As Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC director of Education & Research, has written, “This is a clear indication that Planned Parenthood has been able to turn well founded criticism against their reputation and their industry to their own financial advantage. It also illustrates, ironically, that there are non-governmental sources that PPFA can tap into if states chose to prioritize health funding to full service clinics.”
There is much more in the report about Planned Parenthood, including that a majority of the public to this day doesn’t believe PPFA performs abortion or doesn’t know whether it does or not. The importance of this huge gap in basic information cannot be overstated.
Be sure to read “State of Abortion in the United States.”