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10 Numbers You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

3% – Planned Parenthood (hereafter PP) often claims that that abortions account for only 3 percent of the services they provide. While this may be technically true, it is a highly misleading statistic.  PP considers an “activity” any separate action, exam, or test they do for a patient. If patient comes in for an abortion they may also give her an HIV test, a STI test, a pap test, medication to prevent a urinary tract infection, and some oral contraceptives. PP counts each as an “activity.” Even if a pregnant woman came to a PP clinic specifically for an abortion, the actual abortion would only count, in this example, as 16 percent (1 of 6) of the “activities” for that particular woman.

77 — That’s the number of years that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, commonly shortened to Planned Parenthood, has been in existence. The precursor of the organization, the American Birth Control League, was started in 1921. That group became PP in 1942.

$470 — The median charge for a surgical abortion at 10 weeks’ gestation (2009 figures).

700 — The approximate number of “health centers” PP connected to PP in America. PP works on franchise model, so each of the centers is part of a network of 66 independently incorporated affiliates.

$60,319 — The average amount American taxpayers (at the local, state, and federal level) give PP every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

327,653 — The number of abortion PP performed in 2013.

$523,616 — The compensation PP’s CEO Cecile Richards earned for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

$3,123,963 — The total domestic gross of Obvious Child, an “abortion comedy” that was released in 2014. PP brags that the organization, “worked for years with the film’s writer, director, and producers to shape the story, helped them film it in a Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic health center, and oversaw its release to widespread critical and commercial success.”

$528,400,000 — Amount of revenue PP received from government health services, grants, and reimbursements in 2014.

$1,303,400,000 — Total revenue PP earned in 2014.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all figures come from Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 Annual Report.

Editor's Note: ERLC and Focus on the Family are hosting the first ever Evangelicals for Life event next year in Washington DC on January 21-22nd, featuring Russell Moore, Roland Warren, David Platt, Eric Metaxes, Kelly Rosati, Ron Sider and others. 

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