5 sickening takeaways from Planned Parenthood’s annual report
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5 sickening takeaways from Planned Parenthood’s annual report

Posted May 31, 2017 12:47 PM by Nate Madden planned parenthood protest sign
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Planned Parenthood’s annual report, covering the fiscal year ending in June 30, 2016, is now ready for public consumption, and there are some key takeaways.

More abortions: The nation’s largest abortion provider saw a slight uptick in abortions over the year covered in the report – listing 328,348 procedures. This is an increase of 1.34 percent from the previous year’s numbers, according to a report at the Washington Examiner, and adds up to just over 37 abortions per hour.

A low rate of prenatal care: Earlier this year, LiveAction – a pro-life advocacy organization – went under cover at multiple Planned Parenthood locations, finding that many of them did not actually provide prenatal care. While the report does list prenatal services, those are vastly outpaced by abortion procedures. According to the group’s own admissions, abortions outnumber the approximately 9,000 listed prenatal services on the report by over 35 to one.

More money — a lot more, actually: The era of Trump's rise has been good to Planned Parenthood from a financial standpoint, at least. The report details that the organization’s total revenue increased by more than $1.35 billion over the previous year, with over $550 million of that coming from government sources and $445.8 million coming from private donations.

A state-supported industry: The current version of the GOP’s health-care bill would defund Planned Parenthood for a year by barring the organization from receiving reimbursement from government funding. The group’s financials show why defunding Planned Parenthood in this manner would be a big problem for the organization, as a 41 percent plurality of the group’s revenue comes from the government, with donations and charges for service coming in second and third.

A year of big wins: Anyone who has ever worked at a nonprofit will tell you that the main goal of an annual report is to show off your accomplishments to your board and your donors. This one is no exception. The report touts victories like the prosecution of citizen journalist, the failures of states to defund the group, and the Supreme Court’s Whole Women’s Health ruling as big pluses for the organization.

The numbers are staggering in some cases and unsurprising in others. What remains to be seen is whether or not they will be enough to spur a GOP-controlled Congress and White House to deliver on one of their biggest promises to the American people: a complete defund.

Editor's note: This article has been amended to note that the report in question covers the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016, and to clarify which time periods are being discussed.

Nate Madden is a staff writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religious freedom, immigration, and the judiciary. Follow him @NateMaddenCR and on Facebook.