Tax Money for Abortions

Joan R. Neubauer's picture

Despite promises from D.C. and an Executive Order from President Obama that no tax dollars would be used to fund abortions, Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report proves otherwise.

The latest annual report from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received $487.4 million in taxpayer money over a twelve-month period and performed 329,455 abortions. In addition, the number of adoption referrals made by the organization continued to decline. The report covers the period of time from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, and clearly states that the organization received “government health services grants and reimbursements” totaling $487.4 million.

When compared with previous annual reports, the latest one shows a steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics: In 2006, Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions; in 2007, it did 305,310; in 2008, it did 324,008; in 2009, it did 331,796; and, in 2010, it did 329,445--a small decrease from the previous year. In addition to its mission of providing abortions and contraceptive information, Planned Parenthood makes adoption referrals. However, according to its own annual report for fiscal year 2007-2008, in 2007 Planned Parenthood’s “adoption referrals to other agencies” totaled 4,912. In Fiscal Year 2010 that number decreased by 82.8 percent, or only 841 referrals.

The PPFA Fact Sheet states that adoption was included in 1 percent of its services in 2008 (primary care and “other services” are included in that 1 percent), or 2,405 adoption referrals. And while its report states that abortion services make up 3 percent of “medical services,” PPFA claims that it served 3 million people and performed 329,445 abortions, or 11 percent of customers received an abortion.

In addition, the annual report for Fiscal Year 2009-2010 shows that PPFA’s net assets as of June 30, 2010 to be $1,009,600,000.00. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization that lobbies Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, called the organization an “abortion giant.” “With over a billion in net assets and a business model centered on abortion and government subsidies, it is time for Planned Parenthood to end its reliance on taxpayer dollars,” Dannenfelser said in a statement. “Despite an unprecedented effort by statewide and federal leaders to defund them, a wave of former employees willing to testify against them, and uniform agreement amongst Republican presidential candidates that they should be defunded, Planned Parenthood continues full-steam ahead.”

These days, according to a Gallup poll, more Americans identify themselves as pro-life than pro-choice since 1995, when Gallup began tracking the issue. Yet, the tax money continues to flow to an organization that performs a procedure repugnant to the majority of the American people, but which also has more than $1 billion in assets.

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