By Dave Andrusko
How symbolic. The weekend after the massive March for Life in Washington DC and just prior to the 46th anniversary of the wretched Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, Planned Parenthood published its annual report for fiscal year 2017-2008 (ending June 30, 2018).
More of the same? Yes and no. Even more abortions but even fewer non-abortion “services.” So much for the threadbare meme that abortion constitutes just “3%” of PPFA’s “medical services.”
Bearing in the mind the encouraging news that the numbers of abortions continues its downward trend, it tells you everything about PPFA’s gigantic share of the business that it aborted 332,757 babies in 2018 (11,373 more dead babies than the year before). For its efforts PPFA reaped the highest revenues yet: $1.665.1 billion (with a “b”).
Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, NRLC’s director of education & research, will compile a much more exhaustive examination in the next day or two. Here are some findings straight from the horse’s mouth.
*In the message from Dr. Leana Wen, PPFA’s new President, we read, “Since joining Planned Parenthood in November, I have been inspired on a daily basis by the dedication, passion, and kindness of the Planned Parenthood family. It is a profound honor and privilege to lead Planned Parenthood at this critical juncture in our history. As we head into a new year, we look forward to furthering our mission and seizing the many opportunities that lie ahead.”
Lest anyone—anyone –forget or misconstrue, just this month, Wen responded to a headline that, in her opinion, didn’t sufficiently emphasize PPFA’s abortion zeal.
“First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care,” Wen wrote.”We will never back down from that fight – it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake.”
Message received: Abortion is Job 1.
*“Planned Parenthood’s provision of contraception decreased by 80,000, cancer screenings by 45,000, and other ‘women’s health services’ such as well-woman exams and prenatal services decreased by 13,000,” writes Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review Online. “ The only category of services that significantly increased, other than abortion procedures, was tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, which went up by 300,000.”
*As a reminder of its international reach, we read on page 10
In July 2017, Planned Parenthood Global officially transitioned its headquarters from New York to Nairobi, Kenya. The Nairobi headquarters will help Planned Parenthood Global establish a larger footprint in both regions where it works, as we face unprecedented attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world.
What are they talking about? The Trump administration reinstated and then bulked up the “Mexico City” policy (Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy). Just so we’re clear the amount of global health assistance is not diminished one penny. Here’s how pro-life champion Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) described the policy:
For years, pro-abortion organizations have used U.S. taxpayer funds to weaken, undermine, or reverse pro-life laws in other nations and systematically destroy the precious lives of unborn children.
Scores of countries throughout the world have been besieged by aggressive and well-funded campaigns to overturn their pro-life laws and policies.
The Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy will significantly mitigate U.S. taxpayer complicity in global abortion.
Much more about Planned Parenthood’s annual report in the days to come, particularly about its muscular political outreach.