Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report Is Out. Here’s What You Need to Know.


1/24/2019 Melanie Israel, Daily Signal -- Planned Parenthood quietly released its long-expected annual report covering 2017-2018 over the holiday weekend.

The document affirms the assertion of new President Leana Wen that providing and expanding access to abortion is the “core mission” of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions during the reported year, the most the abortion giant has reported since 2011-2012.

In contrast, non-abortion services have declined significantly. Planned Parenthood reported a decrease in the provision of various services in 2017-2018, including:

As these services decline, Planned Parenthood reports record-high numbers in national office and affiliate financial data for 2018.

Planned Parenthood reported the same number of patients (2.4 million) and clinical visits (4 million) in both 2016 and 2017.

It performed more than 117 abortions for every adoption referral in 2017-2018.

Wen vows that Planned Parenthood will “expand our reach, our services, and our impact.” This year’s annual report—and annual reports that have come before it—reveal that Planned Parenthood is interested in expanding some services more than others.

Abortion is, indeed, the core mission of Planned Parenthood, and taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize America’s abortion giant.

Meanwhile, fewer Americans are relying on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and contraception.

Instead of allowing more than half-a-billion taxpayer dollars to flow to Planned Parenthood each year, policymakers should direct those funds to the thousands of centers that provide health care to women without entangling services with abortion on demand.

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