The 2007-2008 Planned Parenthood fiscal report has just been released, and they are still turning a massive profit with our tax dollars. America’s largest abortion provider reported committing 305,310 abortions in 2007 at Planned Parenthood clinics across America—an increase of over 5% from the previous year. Their presence and continued propaganda on “the importance of abortion” has enabled them to commit over 4 million abortions since 1970.
Many people still erroneously believe that Planned Parenthood provides much-needed medical services. However, their extensive involvement in and promotion of abortion by far overshadows any other services they may provide. Planned Parenthood harms and destroys more women and families than any other organization in the United States.
A Eugenic Start
Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist who believed in the superiority of the white race. In 1939, she proposed the “Negro Project”, where she wrote:
[T]he most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the Minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
Sanger established birth control clinics in poor New York City neighborhoods to prey upon “Blacks, Hispanics, Slavs, Amerinds [American Indians], Fundamentalists, Jews and Catholics.” Sanger’s organization, which started as the “Birth Control League”, was renamed “Planned Parenthood” after World War II in order to distance herself from her earlier Nazi associations.
The abortion business is extremely lucrative. Planned Parenthood brought in a record profit of over $1 billion in 2007, with $374.7 million dollars coming from health center income. Planned Parenthood did not disclose how much money was made from abortions. However, a standard suction and curettage (first-trimester standard procedure) costs $372. Therefore, a conservative estimate (since not all abortions are committed during the first trimester and later abortions are much more expensive) would be $113,575,000 in revenue from abortions. This represents about 30.3% of their total clinic income.
Even worse, Planned Parenthood receives funding through the government—via our tax money, and the impending health care reform bills in Washington, DC, are set to expand this funding and access to abortion. Over one-third of their income ($349.6 million) came from federal “Government Grants and Contracts;” in Texas, Planned Parenthood receives about $150 million.
From the Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2007-2008:
- Planned Parenthood increased the numbers of surgical abortions at its own facilities by over 5% to 305,310, totaling about 4 million abortions since 1970.
- For the 22nd year in a row, Planned Parenthood earned a net profit. This year's $85 million brings total profits over the past 20 years to about $850 million.
- Planned Parenthood touts that abortions accounted for only 3% of the total services provided in 2007. Although downplaying the centrality of abortion to their mission, the numbers tell the true story: abortion accounts for over 30% of their total clinic income.