There’s good news for pro-life activists. Planned Parenthood shut down over 30 of its facilities in 2017.
Pro-life groups have released new reports that show abortion clinic closures outpaced newly opened facilities last year. And the annual report released by America Life League’s (ALL) also shows Planned Parenthood closing 32 clinics in 2017.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions, operating close to half (48.8 percent) of the abortion facilities in the United States.
“In all, 49 abortion facilities — 35 surgical and 14 medication only clinics — closed or halted abortion services. Only eight new surgical abortion facilities were opened, along with 11 new medication abortion facilities,” said Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue.
The end of the year saw Planned Parenthood operating around 700 abortion facilities nationwide. “Of these, 490 offer surgical abortions, often along with medication abortions. There are 214 facilities that offer only medication abortions.” Sullenger stated.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman praised the closures. “We rejoice that the abortion cartel is imploding and closing down. We are making progress. But they are not going down without a fight. We continue to work and pray that we will soon see an end to abortion in our nation.”
Echoing Newman, Jim Sedlak, ALL’s Executive Director stated, “The continuing decline of Planned Parenthood facilities belies its public relations hype. The evidence is clear: The American people are fed up with Planned Parenthood. The revelations about its business model and its callous disregard for the lives of human beings are taking their toll on the organization’s acceptance.”
ALL’s report states that the nation’s largest abortion provider’s primary services are abortion or abortion related. Approximately 60 percent of Planned Parenthood’s facilities perform medical or surgical abortions.
The report from ALL also states that Planned Parenthood was at its peak in 1995. That was the year that Planned Parenthood had over 900 clinics nationwide. This past year, that number has dwindled to 597.
In the wake of undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue, many Americans have pushed to defund the non-profit organization. Planned Parenthood says it does not sell fetal tissue. The organization claims the organ trading transactions were simply donations.
Medicaid and Title X are two federal programs that help fund Planned Parenthood. In fact, 75 percent of federal funding to Planned Parenthood comes from Medicaid.
And according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, the organization receives $500 million a year in government funding.
That equates to more than 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual total of $1.3 billion. Without federal funding, Planned Parenthood would be severely limited in it’s scope and political impact.
Title X does not allow federal funds to be used for abortions, but Medicaid does indeed allow for abortions to be funded with tax dollars.
Despite this fact, supporters of the organization claim that federal tax dollars received are only “reimbursements,” and that tax dollars do not pay for abortions.
They base this claim on the Hyde Amendment. This amendment prevents federal dollars from funding abortions through Medicaid, but allows exceptions in cases involving rape, incest, and the health of the mother.
“No federal dollars go to pay for abortion in this country. They never have. It is illegal,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota. And even Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, blatantly lied to The New York Times when she stated, “Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions.”
But a 2015 Forbes blog on health care reform refuted theses claims, stating that “taxpayers subsidize roughly 24% of all abortion costs in the U.S. with 6.6% borne by federal taxpayers and the remaining 17.4% picked up by state taxpayers.”
Expenditures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also attest to the fact that federal dollars are indeed funding abortions.
The counterclaim from Planned Parenthood, however, is that abortions don’t account for more than 3% of all visits. Proponents of the organization say that Planned Parenthood exists solely to help low-income women with family planning and healthcare.
But the numbers don’t lie, as shown in the following video, which debunks Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortion is only a small percentage of what it does. Planned Parenthood has proven that its true focus is on abortion, not healthcare:
In support of defunding Planned Parenthood, Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) recently spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was trying to persuade Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of federal dollars, and instead divert those funds toward Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers.
Nationally, FQHC’s and CHC’s outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities more than 20 to 1.
Since it’s evident that the American tax payer does indeed foot the bill for a large number of abortions, it makes sense that many Americans feel they should have a say in defunding Planned Parenthood.
Even if someone is pro-aboriton, they may still have an issue with tax dollars funding abortions. Abortions are not healthcare. And even if they were, healthcare is not a right.
The #DeFundPlannedParenthood movement is necessary in a world where killing unborn babies is considered basic healthcare. Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and closed until it ends its practice of selling abortions as birth control.
Furthermore, the Left will always insist that abortion is safe, legal, and moral. If this is the case, then why hide the fact that its primary service provided is in fact abortion? Why deliberately withhold information about federal funding for abortions if abortions were a critical aspect of women’s healthcare?
Because Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a baby killing factory with a healthcare facade. And until Planned Parenthood can offer services impoverished women really need, like cancer prevention and vision screenings for the family, there is no need to have one cent of tax dollars going to the organization.