For many, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a trusted name in affordable reproductive health care. PPFA would like to keep that standing for the approximately 700 centers they operate. They would also like to remain the largest abortion provider in the United States. To reach both goals, PPFA must distort the truth and provide misleading information to women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood began in 1916 with one birth control clinic opened by Margaret Sanger. Now, Planned Parenthood offers international services, encouraging the use of abortion to solve “health” and “social problems” in America and third-world countries.
Planned Parenthood’s slogan and mission is that “every child should be a wanted child.” Right to Life of Michigan also agrees every child should be wanted and loved. In fact, every child could be wanted and loved. Families in the United States are waiting to adopt.
A profitable non-profit organization
For years, people have been frustrated by the fact that their tax dollars go to abortion-promoting organizations. The hundreds of millions of tax dollars for family planning programs Planned Parenthood receives are used to subsidize staff salaries and operational costs, allowing them to carry out their abortion advocacy.
Planned Parenthood operates as a non-profit organization, but consistently takes in more revenues than it spends. Nationally, PPFA’s 2013-2014 Annual Report showed a profit (income in excess of expenditures) of $127.1 million. While raking in this profit, the abortion chain also received $528.4 million in taxpayer dollars, half of their billion-dollar revenue.
Despite this massive taxpayer support, Planned Parenthood is a highly political organization. During the 2012 election, Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on advertising and get-out-the-vote activities, according to the Washington Post on November 14, 2012.
PPFA and its affiliates lobby at both the state and federal level to block any legislative proposals regulating abortion. PPFA spent $26 million lobbying elected officials in 2013-2014, opposing legislation to put in place simple commonsense safeguards, including laws that would inform parents before their minor daughters obtain abortions as well as safety standards in abortion clinics to protect the women receiving services there.
Their actions and policies would indicate women’s health and safety are the least of their concerns. In 2012, a botched abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic resulted in the death of Tonya Reaves. In 2013, abortionist Timothy Liveright surrendered his medical license after charges of sexual harassment and allowing “meat-market” conditions at his Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic.
The real plan behind Planned Parenthood
PPFA’s Vision for 2025 includes a number of goals, including access to reproductive and sexual health care for all. One of the ways Planned Parenthood worked to fulfill that goal was to require every one of their affiliates to operate an abortion clinic by 2013.
They talk about “choice,” but one choice that isn’t addressed is the option of adoption. PPFA does not provide any true assistance regarding adoption. In 1997, PPFA referred 9,381 women to other agencies for adoption assistance. By 2013, that number dropped to 1,880 women. While adoption referrals at PPFA centers have declined, their taxpayer funding and the number of abortions they have performed has increased. During 1997, 165,174 abortions were performed; however, by 2013 their abortion business had performed 327,653 abortions.
Bad Choices, by Douglas R. Scott -- An in-depth look at Planned Parenthood's goals, strategy and organization.
Blessed are the Barren, by Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan -- This book recounts the social policy of Planned Parenthood and the organization's history.
Grand Illusions, by George Grant -- An overview of Planned Parenthood's legacy and effect on society from a religious perspective.
Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy, by Angela Franks -- This work addresses Sanger’s ideas concerning birth control, eugenics, population control, and sterilization against the backdrop of the larger eugenic context.
Stand Up Girl, by Becky Fraser with Linda Shands
Unplanned, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert
-- The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line.
Victims and Victors, edited by David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie -- Addresses the issue of pregnancies conceived during rape and shares the stories of women who conceived after being rape.
Helping plan for parenthood: Planned Parenthood just doesn't do that
A student who graduated from Western Michigan University, was married and became pregnant all in three months found herself very overwhelmed. She called the Planned Parenthood clinic in Kalamazoo looking for help on preparing to become a parent, only to be told "we don't do that here."
What Lies Beneath is a PowerPoint presentation for use in churches and group settings to educate the abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood.
The PowerPoint is free of charge and comes with a presenter's script for a seamless presentation.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America by the numbers
Flyers and handouts
These resources are available at the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Resource Centers.
Providing and Promoting Abortion
Charity Check: Pink ribbons connect Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood
A flyer which discusses the connections between Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Abortion clinic complaint
A brochure-sized card with information about laws that abortion clinics are required to follow and instructions on how to file a complaint. For the same information on our website, click here.