Planned Parenthood Record Numbers, Taxpayer Funding And Abortions
Planned Parenthood’s annual report from the 2012 fiscal year reveals a record number of taxpayer contributions and abortions performed.
During the 12 month period, Planned Parenthood received $542 million in taxpayer money. These funds came to the organization through Medicaid reimbursements and government contracts and grants. The amount of government money received accounts for nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s operating expenses for the year.
The annual report also revealed that the organization performed 334,000 abortions, which according to previous reports is a record number.
As reported by The Washington Examiner, critics of Planned Parenthood are using these numbers to further their agenda to cease government funding to the organization. A statement by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List, echos the feelings of many pro-life supporters:
“While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business. Destroying nearly one million children in three years is not health care and does not reflect a concern for vulnerable women and girls.”
The organization continues to receive criticism from Republicans in government as well. There have been several efforts by Republican representatives at both the federal and state level to end government funding to Planned Parenthood.
As reported by Fox News, Cecile Richards responded to the efforts by stating:
“They apparently learned nothing from the results of the last election, when Americans said overwhelmingly that they do not want politicians dictating women’s access to health care. This legislation would limit women’s access to the wide range of preventive health care services that Planned Parenthood health centers provide, including cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control.”
The annual report revealed that in addition to providing abortions, Planned Parenthood also provided STD treatment and testing to 4.5 million people. The organization additionally provided cancer prevention and screening for 1.3 million.