Planned Parenthood healthcare services plummet as tax subsidies soar

PPFA executives get rich while helping the poor…less and less.  If Congress is looking to cut pork, they need look no farther. Photo: PPFA pig eating tax dollars

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2013 — An analysis of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s facility and service numbers for 2012-2013 and prior annual reports by STOPP.ORG shows a substantial drop in every aspect of healthcare services Planned Parenthood delivered, as well as the number of communities served. In contrast, it still received a near record $540.6 million in taxpayer funding last year, equaling almost $1.5 million per day.

At the end of 2012, PPFA had 750 centers, while it now reports “more than 700” at the end of 2013. Its affiliate numbers are also down, dropping from 73 to 69 over the last year. (Affiliates are entities that operate Planned Parenthood centers within a set geographical area.)

Planned Parenthood’s highly touted cancer screening services dropped 14.22 percent from the 2011 numbers and, between 2009 and 2011, its cancer screening numbers fell a total of 29 percent. Cancer screenings means manual breast exams. No PPFA clinics are equipped or qualified for mammograms or any medical cancer diagnostics.

Critics have long accused the abortion giant of only masquerading as a family healthcare service. For example, while PPFA continues to claim that abortion represents “only three percent of services,” its own statistics show that 93.8 percent of its pregnancy “services” are actually abortion.

PPFA contrives the three percent statistic by lumping surgical abortions into the same category as handing out condoms or writing millions of prescriptions.

When measured in terms of actual revenue, watchdogs like estimate that abortions generate as much as 56.9 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual clinic income using the known average cost of abortions and the number of abortions PPFA reports.

In fact, one of the most glaring numbers was the steep decline in prenatal services—a 31.97 percent decline from the prior year. For every adoption referral, PPFA performed 149 abortions.

But, even PPFA’s abortion business showed a slight decline, reaching the lowest level in four years. PPFA reports that it performed 327,166 abortions for 2012—a 2.0 percent decrease from the year before.

“The one notable rise was in its contraception business, where it reports 3.7 million services as opposed to 3.4 million in 2011, an increase of 8.7 percent,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International. “However, our meta-analysis on Planned Parenthood released in 2013 indicated that Planned Parenthood may be inflating its numbers in contraceptive clients served. And, this includes an increase in sales of so-called emergency contraceptive kits whose effectiveness has come into question in the last few weeks.”

That meta-analysis, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: A 5-Part Analysis of Business Practices, Community Outcomes, and Taxpayer Funding, reaches some devastating conclusions:

As services and clients served decline, PPFA top executives—the vast majority of whom are not healthcare professionals—are paid in the top five percent of average American incomes. At least 33 of PPFA top executives make over $200,000 a year, while the CEOs of its 74 affiliates have an average salary of $165,732, putting these paychecks at over 300 percent more than the median household income in 2011. PPFA president Cecile Richards receives $583,323 annually.

Many large nonprofits pay top dollar to get talented executives. However, one has to question how many nonprofits that ostensibly serve the underserved pay such salaries and still receive almost half their total revenue from the American taxpayer.

The report claims, “PPFA brands itself as a healthcare provider that poor underserved women “rely” upon. Despite increased government transfers of taxpayer dollars, PPFA health services delivered are falling. Planned Parenthood documents show total healthcare services reached its lowest point since 2006 while taxpayer funding increased 78 percent over the past six years.

ALL calculates that PPFA has now received a total of $6.8 billion in taxpayer money since 1964.

Is Planned Parenthood still a private nonprofit or has it become a quasi-government program that depends on more and more taxpayer dollars to survive, even as more and more Americans reject its mission?



Paul Rondeau is an independent social researcher and executive director at American Life League.


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