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2018-2019 Planned Parenthood Annual Report: More Abortions Than Ever

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The latest annual report from Planned Parenthood for the fiscal year 2018-2019 has drawn significant attention and controversy due to its revelation of record-high abortion numbers. According to the report, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions during this period, marking an increase from previous years. This figure underscores the organization’s prominent role in providing abortion services in the United States and has intensified the ongoing debate over its federal funding and its place in American society.

Rising Abortion Numbers

The increase in the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood is one of the most notable aspects of the report. With 345,672 abortions recorded, this number represents an increase from the 332,757 abortions reported in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The upward trend in abortion services has sparked a renewed wave of criticism from pro-life advocates, who argue that the organization prioritizes abortion over other health services.

Financial Overview

The 2018-2019 annual report also details Planned Parenthood’s financial status, showing total revenue of $1.638 billion, with $616.8 million coming from government health services reimbursements and grants. This reliance on public funds has been a focal point of contention, particularly among pro-life legislators who argue that taxpayer dollars should not support an organization that provides abortion services. Despite calls to defund Planned Parenthood, the organization’s revenue from government sources remains substantial.

Healthcare Services and Outreach

In addition to abortion services, the report outlines various other health services provided by Planned Parenthood, including cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, contraception, and prenatal services. However, critics argue that the number of these non-abortion services has declined over the years. For example, cancer screenings dropped from 614,361 in 2017-2018 to 566,186 in 2018-2019. Similarly, prenatal services accounted for only a small fraction of the total services provided.

Planned Parenthood emphasizes its role in providing comprehensive reproductive health care and education, particularly for underserved communities. The organization reports that its health centers saw 2.4 million patients and provided 9.8 million services in total. Supporters argue that these services are vital for public health, particularly for individuals who may lack access to other healthcare providers.

Political and Social Impact

The release of Planned Parenthood’s annual report comes at a time of heightened political and social debate over abortion rights in the United States. The organization’s increased abortion numbers have fueled arguments from both pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Pro-life groups see the report as evidence of Planned Parenthood’s central role in the abortion industry and call for renewed efforts to restrict abortion access and redirect public funding. Conversely, pro-choice advocates argue that the rising numbers reflect the ongoing demand for abortion services and the importance of maintaining access to safe and legal abortions.

Leadership and Future Directions

The 2018-2019 fiscal year was also notable for leadership changes within Planned Parenthood. Dr. Leana Wen, who served as President and CEO, was replaced by Alexis McGill Johnson, who took over as acting President and CEO in July 2019. Johnson’s leadership has been marked by a renewed focus on advocacy and expanding access to reproductive health services, including abortion. Under her guidance, Planned Parenthood has continued to position itself as a leading advocate for reproductive rights, fighting against restrictive abortion laws and supporting candidates who champion these rights.


The 2018-2019 annual report from Planned Parenthood provides a comprehensive overview of the organization’s activities and financial status. The record-high number of abortions performed, coupled with substantial government funding, has intensified the debate over the organization’s role in American society. As the political and social landscape surrounding abortion rights continues to evolve, Planned Parenthood remains a central figure in the discourse, advocating for reproductive health and rights while facing ongoing scrutiny and opposition from pro-life groups.

Planned Parenthood’s commitment to providing a wide range of reproductive health services, despite the controversy, highlights the complexities of the abortion debate. The organization’s ability to navigate these challenges and continue to serve millions of patients will likely remain a significant point of discussion in the years to come. As the nation grapples with questions of autonomy, health care access, and moral considerations, the impact of Planned Parenthood’s services and the implications of its annual report will continue to shape the conversation around reproductive rights in America.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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