Back in July, Live Action wondered why Planned Parenthood’s 2008 annual report was delayed. It has now arrived, and the figures show that Planned Parenthood has focused more on abortions and less on its supposed core services. (The total number of abortions done in the United States is decreasing.)
The new Planned Parenthood figures show it did 324,008 abortions in 2008 — a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007.
The 2007 figure was itself a 5.3 percent increase over the 289,750 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2006.
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While abortions are on the rise at Planned Parenthood, adoption referrals declined to just 2,405 — a 51 percent drop since 2007. Planned Parenthood now does 134 abortions for every adoption referral it makes.
The abortion business also helped only 9,433 prenatal clients, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007.
Combined with the number of abortion referrals, 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood had abortions while just 3.5 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care.
None of that surprised me, but this did:
Planned Parenthood showed a decline in a number of other areas, including a drop of four percent (almost 100,000 visits) in its primary customer base – female birth control customers. While Planned Parenthood often emphasizes that it is the only provider of health care in many areas of the nation, primary-care patients accounted for only one-tenth of one percent of its business in 2008.
I would have expected a spike in the demand for contraception in 2008 because the economic recession had just begun. Planned Parenthood often frames itself as an organization that focuses on prevention, not abortion– especially when it solicits donations. Do you think that the new numbers will discourage truly “pro-choice” donors?
Bear in mind that these statistics are from two years ago. If the trend has continued, the relative focus on abortion is even higher now.