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Planned Parenthood's Annual Report: What You Need to Know
Last week, Planned Parenthood released their annual report.
Here's what you need to know.
Planned Parenthood makes numerous claims throughout their report that we'll get to in a moment, but let's take a look at their introductory paragraph, designed to frame how readers think about the organization:
"We have been here for 100 years, and we’ve been fighting for reproductive health care and rights since day one. We’re going to be here for another 100 years — and then some — and though the path forward isn’t an easy one, ours never has been. Planned Parenthood has weathered some intense storms in our history, and we’ve come out of each one stronger, smarter, and fiercer than ever before."
The obvious implication here is that the abortion giant is somehow the underdog. It is hard to believe that an organization that receives more than $500 million in taxpayer funds is an underdog, rhetoric here notwithstanding.
It is equally difficult to believe when juxtaposed with a recent campaign helmed by Joss Whedon, who also directed a little-known film called The Avengers.
Let's take a look at what Planned Parenthood actually claims in their report.
They note that they have served approximately 100,000 fewer patients than in the previous year. They also performed about 5,000 more abortions than the previous year.
The Daily Signal summarizes a few other notable statistics:
"Planned Parenthood also performed fewer breast examinations, fewer HPV vaccinations, and fewer colposcopy and cryotherapy procedures in 2015-2016. Despite often repeated claims to the contrary, Planned Parenthood provides zero mammograms.
"The report reveals a dramatic decline in prenatal services. Planned Parenthood provided 9,419 in 2015-2016 compared to 17,419 in the previous year—meaning 8,000 fewer women and their unborn children received prenatal care in just one year."
Additionally, Planned Parenthood continues to peddle the accusation that the investigative videos released by The Center for Medial Progress were "heavily edited." They continue this line despite the fact that the videos were analyzed by digital forensic analysis company Coalfire, who concluded that the videos were "authentic and showed no evidence of manipulation."
Finally, Planned Parenthood still claims that "abortion services" are only 3% of the services they offer. That number isn't true unless you do some really "creative" math. To get there, Planned Parenthood counts every interaction as a "service." If a woman received a pregnancy test, an STD test, an exam, and an abortion, Planned Parenthood counts the abortion as "25%" of her visit.
For more on that statistic and other numbers Planned Parenthood has trouble explaining, check out this post at the ADF blog. Hopefully this annual report will bring the federal government one step closer to fully and finally defunding Planned Parenthood.
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