Planned Parenthood Sets Abortion Record as Taxpayer Support Peaks

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 05:44 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Planned Parenthood performed a record 333,964 abortions in 2011 while receiving a record-high $542 million in taxpayer support during the fiscal 2011-2012 years, according to the organization's recently released annual report.

According to the report, the government support represented 45 percent of Planned Parenthood's total annual revenue.

The figures in the annual report sparked outrage among pro-life advocates like Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the non-profit Susan B. Anthony List which lobbies politicians to promote policies to reduce and ultimately end abortion in the United States.

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"While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all-time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business. Destroying nearly one million children in three years is not health care and does not reflect a concern for vulnerable women and girls. As Planned Parenthood’s funding goes up, abortions increase and real health services for women go down," said Dannenfelser in a statement.

Dannenfelser was referring to the fact that Planned Parenthood reported performing 995,687 abortions in the past three years, with 332,278 in 2009 and 329,445 in 2010, while cancer screening and treatment for sexually-transmitted disease have dropped significantly.

Reacting to the amount of government spending for Planned Parenthood, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said the report "underscores the pressing need to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood," according to Fox News.

Responding in turn to Black's statement, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards said, "Some members of Congress just don't get it. Two years ago, the first order of business for Tea Party Republicans was blocking women's access to health care and defunding Planned Parenthood, and now they're at it again."

Richards continued, "They apparently learned nothing from the results of the last election, when Americans said overwhelmingly that they do not want politicians dictating women's access to health care."

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The same annual report showed that Planned Parenthood provided sexually-transmitted disease treatment and testing for 4.5 million people and cancer screening and prevention services for 1.3 million people.

According to The Washington Examiner, cancer screening and prevention services provided by Planned Parenthood have dropped by 29 percent since 2009.

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