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 330,000 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 65% in the last ten years. PAP tests…down 72%. Prenatal care (which looks to be facing an eventual phase out)…down 78% since 2009. Colposcopy procedure…down 64%. All of these declines are reported by Planned Parenthood in their 2007 and 2017 annual reports.
You won’t hear that from America’s fake news outlets like MSNBC, CNN, NBC 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 abortion mogul 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 a massive $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. Planned Parenthood has 40% of the “abortion market” today. That’s something worth celebrating…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 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 2017, the “nonprofit” reported $365.7 million in Health Services income (page 28). 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. 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 $415 to $1110, 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 $762.50. So this cost times 332,775 abortions equals $253,740,937.50. That’s 69% of their health services revenue. And this is just including first trimester abortions, when we know PPFA does second trimester abortions (after 20 weeks). 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.
Since Richards’ reign, they continually politicize breast cancer. She’s lied about PPFA providing mammograms (as brilliantly displayed by Live Action) and those evil Republicans that “want to away women’s access” to these services. A billion-dollar, alleged “women’s health” organization doesn’t want to spend a dime on mammogram machines. So she constantly redirects any time she’s asked about Planned Propaganda’s abortions. 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 rapidly declining at the abortion chain.
When Richards took over as President of PPFA in 2006, there were 882,961 breast screenings performed that year. In 2017, only 296,310 manual breast exams were provided. That’s 586,651 less screenings–more than half a million drop! Perhaps that’s because they’ve lost 740,540 clients since the political operative took charge—3,140,540 “unduplicated” clients in 2006 to only 2.4 million in 2017. (Thanks to American Life League’s STOPP International for the archived PPFA Annual Reports!)
Now, Dr. Leana Wen is at the helm. She told CBS News that “she’s not an activist” yet she repeats 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 spreads here.)
In the world of abortion activism, numbers don’t matter (unless you make them up). Facts don’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 spin, 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.