Recently, Planned Parenthood released their 2014-2015 Annual Report. The report gives statistics on several Planned Parenthood programs. Comparing their latest report with the previous year’s report poses an important question:
Why is Planned Parenthood getting more tax funding while serving fewer clients and providing fewer health services?
Planned Parenthood had 2.5 million clients in 2014, a 7% decrease from 2013. Their family practice services declined 49%. Their sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatments declined 6%.
Planned Parenthood most often defends itself as a committed provider of birth control and breast cancer prevention services, even to the point of lying about providing mammograms. Their birth control services declined 18% and breast exams were down 25%.
What didn’t decline? The number of abortions they did was largely the same. They did 323,999 abortions, down from 327,653 the previous year (a 1% decrease). Their tax funding did increase 5%, to $553.7 million, which is 43% of their total budget.
The 2014-2015 report also shows Planned Parenthood continues to be a profitable non-profit as their income over expenses was $58.8 million.
Why are prolife citizens forced to give their money to Planned Parenthood to provide less of everything except for abortions?
For a better perspective, let’s compare their recent 2014-2015 Annual Report to their 2004-2005 Annual Report.
Over the last 10 years, Planned Parenthood’s total clients are down 14%. The number of clients receiving contraception is down 14% as well. Breast exams are down 61%.
Can you guess what increased?
If you guessed abortion and tax funding, you’re right! Abortions are up 27%, from 255,015 to 323,999. Tax funding has more than doubled, increasing 103%.
Reasonable people would assume that when an organization repeatedly receives increases in government grants, they are improving or expanding their services offered to people in need, not losing clients.
STI tests, pregnancy tests, contraceptives and breast exams are not unique services. Those are simple things that can be provided without controversy at one of the more than 9,000 community health center locations in America that serve 23 million people. Many of those services can be purchased from one of more than 20,000 name-brand pharmacies and countless other stores across the county.