WS>>[Infonet] Planned Parenthood's Lucrative Abortion Business Continues
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Sat May 17 14:03:41 MDT 2003
From: The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet at prolifeinfo.org>
Source: Washington Dispatch; May 9, 2003
by Ed Szymkowiak
[Pro-Life Infonet Note: Ed Szymkowiak is the director
of STOPP International.]
The number of innocent babies Planned Parenthood Feder-
ation of America kills every year via abortion procedures
continues to increase. In its 2001-2002 Annual Report, PPFA
stated that it performed 213,026 abortion procedures in
2001. That represents an 8.1% increase over the previous
New York state legalized surgical abortion on Sunday,
July 1, 1970. On July 2, 1970, Planned Parenthood of Syra-
cuse, N.Y., opened the first freestanding abortion clinic in
the nation. While STOPP International does not have accurate
numbers for Planned Parenthood abortions for the early
years, STOPP does have the numbers of abortions PPFA report-
ed dating back to 1977. Since that time, PPFA has reported
doing 3,019,559 abortions up to and including 2001. Remember
that this figure does not include pre-implantation abortions
caused sometimes by the anti-implantation effects of various
birth control drugs and IUD's.
If we compare the 2001 PPFA abortion procedures to the
generally accepted figure of about 1.3 million abortions
procedures per year in the United States, we can estimate
that PPFA performed about 16% of all U.S. abortion pro-
cedures in 2001. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion
provider in the country, running about 160 abortion facili-
Based upon an estimated average cost of $375 per abor-
tion, STOPP estimates that PPFA had a total income of
$79,884,750 from abortion procedures in 2001. STOPP has made
a similar estimate for each year from 1977 tho 2001, based
upon the estimated average cost of an abortion in each
particular year. Adding up each year's estimated abortion
income from 1977 to 2001 gives a total of about $894,000,000
of income from abortion during that period.
One measure of how much of Planned Parenthood's actual
business is abortion can be obtained by comparing the esti-
mated abortion income with the income PPFA had from all
services combined. In the 2000-2001 PPFA fiscal year, PPFA
reported such clinic services income to be $241.0 million
and in the 2001-2002 fiscal year PPFA reported clinic serv-
ices income of $254.8 million. Since service data is report-
ed for a calendar year and financial data is reported for a
fiscal year (July to June), the estimated $79,884,750 of
abortion income for 2001 doesn't fall completely into either
fiscal year. Comparing the $79,884,750 with the $241.0
million would result in 33.1% while comparing it with $254.8
million would result in 31.4%. The average would be 32.3%.
Thus, almost a third of Planned Parenthood's clinic income
in 2001 can be attributed to abortion.
Keep in mind that Planned Parenthood has other sources
of income such as tax money and donations. Thus, one should
not say a third of PPFA's total income is from abortion.
PPFA's total income for its 2001-2002 fiscal year was $692.5
million. If one performs calculations similar to those above
in order to compare estimated abortion income to total
income, one can estimate that abortion accounted for about
12% of PPFA's total income in 2001.
For the fourth year in a row PPFA's adoption referrals
to other agencies (Planned Parenthood is not an adoption
agency) declined. In 2001, such referrals were down to only
1,951. That's a 79 % decrease from what they were in 1997.
Yet, during the same time period, Planned Parenthood's
abortion procedures increased 29 %. In 2001, Planned Par-
enthood aborted about 109 babies for every one adoption
referral it made to an outside agency (divide 213,026 by
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