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Planned Parenthood and the Government

by Options for Women on June 29, 2015

A quick look at the 2013-2014 Planned Parenthood Annual Report and one thing is clear – abortion is big business. Revenues for the year exceeded $1.3 billion, and they performed 327,166 abortions.

 

But even more, of the abortion giant’s more than one billion in revenue, more than 40% of it comes from government health services grants and reimbursements. That’s right, our government shelled hundreds of millions of dollars to support Planned Parenthood.

 

Planned Parenthood likes to talk about how the government should stay out of women’s choices, but they certainly do not shy away from taking the governments dollars. These government funds mark the largest single source of PP’s income for last year. It’s 11 percent more than they receive from donors and bequests.

 

In their opening letter, Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s chair, and Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, claim the following:

 

“Your generosity helps make all of this work possible. And today, we are stronger than ever, with a record number of supporters — eight million people.”

 

However, it’s not in fact their generous donors who are keeping Planned Parenthood afloat and helping them accomplish their mission – it’s actually the government. In 2013, Planned Parenthood received almost $392,000,000 million from private donations and bequests.

 

They received $528,400,000 from our government.

 

State funding for Planned Parenthood has decreased in recent years as states have been hit with budget shortfalls. But the federal government has stepped in, providing Title X grants to clinics who would otherwise probably have to close their doors due to lack of state funding.

 

How have they done this? By claiming that they are the best at providing “family planning” resources to women in low-income areas. And according to law, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to provide grant funds in a way that expands access in the most affordable way possible.

 

So Margaret Sanger was on to something when she opened her clinics in impoverished areas, because it has afforded her progeny to continue receiving government grants, even though we would argue that the majority of their business HURTS the very people they claim to be concerned with.

 

What would happen if our federal government stopped providing grants and reimbursements to Planned Parenthood?

 

Certainly, they would not go out of business overnight, as years of reporting revenue in the billions would most likely mean they have a generous “rainy day” fund they could dip into. But just think about what would happen if 40 percent of their revenue just dried up.

 

They certainly wouldn’t be able to pay their president more than $500,000 in annual salary.

 

We certainly wouldn’t have a baby dying in a Planned Parenthood clinic every 96 seconds.

 

We can make that happen. We can lobby our government to STOP funding abortions. And we can save lives. What the pro-choice side doesn’t completely understand is that abortion doesn’t just hurt the unborn child. It hurts the woman. It hurts her partner/spouse. It hurts her family. It hurts our society.

 

It’s time we raise our voices and demand that our government stop funding organizations that do more harm than good. We must band together and demand our government defund Planned Parenthood.
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