By Chris Gast, Right to Life of Michigan Education Coordinator
Planned Parenthood is essentially the leader of the pro-abortion movement. There are a lot of billionaires, NGOs, foundations, and others along for the ride, but if you had to pick just one as the head honcho, it would be Planned Parenthood. So, it’s very important we see what they are doing, and where they are headed next to cause chaos.
Planned Parenthood just released its latest annual report, covering 2021-2022. So, what stands out as a big change?
- Women make their triumphant return! In recent annual reports, Planned Parenthood almost entirely deleted any references to “women,” which was jarring given their public relations strategy of being the voice for women’s choice. After the Dobbs decision, “women” are back in.
- Planned Parenthood now has fewer than 600 centers across America, down from more than 900 in the 1990s.
- Client numbers continue declining, down 30,000 from the previous year.
- Despite this large decline in clients, they somehow provided 350,000 more “services.” Planned Parenthood in the past has inflated their number of services to claim that abortion is such a tiny part of their work. Each abortion visit can generate three or more services: the pregnancy test, the abortion, giving the woman some condoms in a care bag on her way out, etc.
- The number of abortions they committed was down slightly from 2020, during the brunt of the pandemic. They committed 374,155 abortions, down from 383,460.
- They provided 300,000 more telehealth appointments. Some of that is undoubtedly due to COVID, but they continue to make providing abortion pills through the mail a greater focus, along with the rest of the Abortion Industry.
- Their category of “other procedures” increased massively, from 15,902 to 256,550! They include several things in this category, but one of note is transgender services.
- More money; always more money! Their total assets increased by about $200 million, their profits increased from $133.7 million to $204.7 million, and they spent an additional $30 million on management and general expenses.
To really get a good sense of how they are changing, let’s look back 10 years and what has changed at Planned Parenthood from their 2011-12 annual report. These are trends that are clear when you look at years of their annual reports together.
- Their revenue has increased massively, from $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion.
- Meanwhile, their client base has declined massively, from 3 million down to 2.13 million.
- Funding from federal and state taxpayers has increased from $542.4 million to $670.4 million. Despite being partially defunded by the Trump Administration for a short period, they were more than able to make up the difference with state tax funding and by blatantly stealing pandemic relief funds.
- Birth control—which is why Planned Parenthood was founded and what they most want people to identify them with—is in serious decline. Their number of contraceptive clients fell to 1,650,350 from 2,006,691. When you consider that there about 65 million women of reproductive age in America, they serve only 2.5% of American women.
- Years ago they strong-armed breast cancer research giant Susan G. Komen to continue funding them for breast cancer prevention. Their two-faced power play against Komen should be taught as the primary example of conducting a public relations/political ambush on a former ally. Meanwhile, the number of manual breast exams—not mammograms—they performed fell to 193,045 from 639,384. 20 years ago, they used to perform 1 million of those exams annually.
- Last, but of greatest concern, the number of abortions committed increased from 333,964 to 374,155.
What a great business model they have! You can lose 30% of your clients and still increase your revenues by 60%!
Money always seems to be an object of great concern to Planned Parenthood. Even independent abortion businesses will sometimes compare Planned Parenthood to Walmart or other big box stores. Lots of prolifers look at these numbers and believe Planned Parenthood is primarily influenced by the money. While that may be true to a great extent, in the end, they have stayed true to the mission of their founder, Margaret Sanger.
What is that mission? Promoting population control. Fewer births; fewer people. If they can benefit while doing it, they seem to think that’s good. But despite fewer and fewer women entering their doors, they remain the most visible leaders of the movement for less human life. If you find their apparent move towards transgender services puzzling or a potential distraction from their abortion agenda, remember that sterilization means less human life, too.
They have been remarkably successful in the last decade. Planned Parenthood has taken the lives of 3,419,465 babies. They make you complicit in that as taxpayers, every day, having collected $5.8 billion of your money in the last decade to aid their agenda.