By Ryan Bomberger, Co-founder of The Radiance Foundation
But, but, but Planned Parenthood offers all these other services! That’s the battle cry from “pro-choice” activists across the nation in attempts to redefine what Planned Parenthood clearly is—a business that profits, predominantly, from the killing of over 340,000 human beings a year.
What about those “other services” at Planned Parenthood? Well, they’re in a free fall just like mainstream media’s credibility. Breast cancer screenings…down 68% in the last ten years. PAP tests…down 72%. Prenatal care (which looks to be facing an eventual phase out)…down 76% since 2009. All of these declines are reported by Planned Parenthood in their 2009 and 2018 annual reports.
You won’t hear that from America’s fake news outlets like MSNBC, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Bloomberg News, New York Times, HuffPo, LA Times and many more. All you hear is that undeniably distinct sound of cheerleading.
In the last five years, how many people reading this article have more than doubled their salaries (at the same job, with a situation of drastically declining services and customers)? That’s exactly what has happened for Planned Parenthood’s former President, Cecile Richards. Despite a massive drop in Planned Parenthood’s patients (3 million in 2010 to 2.4 million in 2014), Richards got a massive raise! Despite huge declines in real medical services, she got an obscene $560,913 increase in her annual salary! In 2010, she was paid $397,039; in 2014, she was paid a whopping $957,952!
That’s one blood-stained gravy train.
Failure pays. Well, Planned Parenthood doesn’t see less healthcare as failure. Since Cecile Richards took over the helm at the eugenics-birthed organization, the number of annual abortions committed rose from 305,310 in 2007 to 332,775 in 2017—a 9% jump. It increased another 4% in 2018 to 345,672 abortions. Planned Parenthood has over 40% of the “abortion market” today. That’s something worth celebrating…at least at a place that kills for a living.
It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood’s focus has been and continues to be on increasing its national “market share” of abortions. There was a brief moment when the short-lived PPFA President, Pamela Maraldo (a nurse by profession), tried to change the organization’s mission and have Planned Parenthood become a primary healthcare provider. According to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) case study, this was due to severe declines in women of reproductive age (gee, wonder if abortion and birth control had anything to do with it) and the emergence of managed care in the 90s that threatened PPFA’s revenue base. “By the early 1990s, however, PPFA revenue growth had flattened, and beginning in 1993 the net margin had begun to decline,” according to the study. Because Planned Parenthood wasn’t part of managed care networks, they had increased competition for Medicaid patients and the threat of less state and federal funding, which had been (and still is) their lifeline.
“We’re scared. We’re anxious. We need a new strategic vision.” These were the words, according to the HBR, of an executive director describing the sentiment throughout the Planned Parenthood Federation. But they didn’t want the vision that Maraldo had. They rejected what was called the “Reinvention Plan” and Maraldo was given a vote of no confidence. She was forced to resign for daring to change the abortion chain’s mission. Board members complained about the prospect of turning into a real healthcare provider in a letter decrying the 68-page Reinvention Plan: “The word ‘abortion’ is mentioned only eight times and never in the discussion of our future.”
Well, Planned Parenthood and killing the unborn is like Hillary Clinton and corruption—inseparable.
In 2018, the “nonprofit” reported $369.6 million in Health Services Revenue (page 27). Since taxpayer funding doesn’t pay for any abortions at PPFA (cough, cough, that’s a lie), the only line item that would include abortion revenue is Health Services income. Planned Parenthood reports that the cost of killing a baby in the first trimester can be up to $1500. More specific costs can be found here: from $435 to $955, from 4 weeks to 18 weeks gestation. (Note: PPFA doesn’t publicly report the age of the human beings they abort, so as with many unreported details, we have to estimate). The average cost, assuming all PPFA abortions were first trimester (which they’re not) would be $967.50. So this cost times 345,672 abortions equals $334,437,660. That’s 90% of their health services revenue. We know PPFA does second trimester abortions. This brutality was bragged about by Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola in the Center for Medical Progress’ groundbreaking undercover video exposé.
Let’s not forget the bottom line. With less care and less patients, Planned Parenthood has increased its profits by 600% in the last ten years, from $18.5 million in 2009 to $111 million in 2018. This is thanks to the American taxpayer who was forced to fund the $2 billion-dollar abortion chain $487 million in 2009 to $617 million in 2018!
Since Richards’ reign, they continually politicize breast cancer. She’s lied about PPFA providing mammograms (as brilliantly displayed by Live Action in its viral Mammosham video) and those evil Republicans that “want to away women’s access” to these services. Her successors continued the propaganda, deflecting, distorting, and pretending that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading women’s healthcare organization. A two billion dollar “women’s health” organization doesn’t want to spend a dime on mammogram machines? Manual breast exams, which can be done at any real medical facility providing reproductive health care (like the 13,000 taxpayer-funded, federally qualified health centers found at GetYourCare.org), are plunging at the abortion chain. Ten years ago, there were 830,312 breast cancer screenings conducted at Planned Parenthood. In 2018, only 265,028 exams were provided. That’s 565,284 fewer screenings–more than half a million drop! Perhaps that’s because they currently serve 600,000 less clients per year than they did ten years ago. But notice which “service” didn’t decline? Abortion, of course.
The quickly aborted presidency of Dr. Leana Wen (after only 8 months at the helm) was filled with the same propaganda. She told CBS News that “she’s not an activist” yet she repeated the same activist lies. An emergency room physician by training, she proves that sometimes, doctors exploit, no matter what. (Learn more about her and the propaganda she proudly spread here.)
Now, Alexis McGill Johnson–the kind of activist that Planned Parenthood cultivates–is in charge. She bizarrely claims pro-life efforts to end the injustice of abortion are “the same as those who brought us poll taxes and literacy tests.” It was the Democrat Party that pushed the racist inequality of Jim Crow, and it’s the Democrat Party that pushes the fatal inequality of limitless abortion. She also penned an absurd OpEd in the Wall Street Journal, defending racist/eugenicist Margaret Sanger and calling the Pro-life Movement “racist.” That nonsense is shredded right here.
In the world of abortion activism, numbers don’t matter (unless you make them up). Facts don’t matter. History doesn’t matter. Feelings and fake feminism are supreme.
Our nation needs to have an honest conversation about Planned Parenthood, free of the mainstream media’s blatant bias, free of the abortion giant’s tens of millions spent in election campaigning and advertising, and free of the shouting from pro-abortion activists who defend something they know so little about.