Planned Parenthood: Your Questions Answered

Planned Parenthood: Your Questions Answered

By |2020-08-05T13:31:11-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Abortion|Tags: , , , , |

Unbiased facts about Planned Parenthood can be difficult to find. The nation’s largest abortion provider hides behind a veneer of marketing and misinformation. But beneath the smoke and mirrors, the facts speak for themselves. And they say loudly and clearly that abortion is the core mission of this organization that kills 947 babies every day in America.

So let’s learn the facts.

12 Unbiased Facts about Planned Parenthood

1. Who funds Planned Parenthood? 

PP’s funding comes from government reimbursements, grants, and health services (37%); private contributions and bequests (36%); non-governmental health services revenue (23%), and other sources (4%).  This comes from PP’s own 2018-2019 annual report, which covered the period from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

By law, taxpayer money cannot fund abortions, but money is fungible. When an organization has a large amount of money, it can shift funds around to fund whatever it wants. Taxpayer dollars may not go directly toward killing babies, but the fact that the government gives Planned Parenthood about $60 million a year allows the organization to spread its money around however it wants to.

Unbiased facts about Planned Parenthood show that it relies on federal funding

2. How much is Planned Parenthood worth? 

Planned Parenthood’s assets are just under 2 billion according to the 2018-2019 annual report. Its revenue for that time period was $1.638 billion. 

3. How many abortions does Planned Parenthood do each year? 

PP killed 345,672 preborn babies during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. At an average charge of $600/abortion, that equates to about $568,200 every day!  

And though Planned Parenthood may deny it, abortion is a huge chunk of its income.  

4. Did Planned Parenthood really sell baby body parts? 

Yes! In 2015, a group of journalists working for The Center for Medical Progress—an organization dedicated to the monitoring and reporting of medical ethics—released the first of several damning videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of portions of aborted babies to labs.  

While these videos horrified the country, many claimed that founder David Daleiden and others lied and altered the videos. Outside auditors proved the videos were not altered, and court cases continue, but the footage speaks for itself. For example, in one video Dr. Mary Gatter of PP talks about the best way to crush a baby to ensure that the organs that would be for sale would remain whole. Another worker, Holly O’Donnell, claims that she was ordered to “cut through the face of a baby whose heart was still beating AFTER an abortion to harvest his brain.” Others, such as Dr. Deborah Nucatola and Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, were caught on tape bragging about the various organs they were able to procure.  

Most recently, CMP released a video featuring a PP official’s sworn deposition testimony describing “infants born alive and either harvested for organs or left to die inside abortion clinics.” 

5. What does Planned Parenthood mean when it claims abortion is 3% of its total services? 

PP counts each service it provides as a unique interaction (a “discrete clinical interaction”) even if one person received multiple services. So, for instance, if a woman goes into PP for a pregnancy test and says that she’s worried that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she would likely receive an exam, STD testing, a pregnancy test, and a prescription (either for the STD, for birth control, or maybe even the abortion pill), and abortion counseling (if pregnant). Thus, this one woman received 4-5 (or more) services.  

Planned Parenthood records each service individually rather than recording multiple services under one person. So, when it divides the number of abortions by all of these services, the final number comes out to a little over 3%.  

In this informational five-minute video, Lila Rose of Live Action addresses that 3% myth and illustrates how Planned Parenthood arrives at that figure.  

 

Planned Parenthood wants people to think that it does so much more than abortion. But we must understand that, when it gives that 3% figure, it is skewing the numbers to mislead and obfuscate. By claiming that abortion is only 3% of its services, PP can hide the fact that abortion is its biggest moneymaker. 

6. What is the difference between Planned Parenthood’s national office and its affiliates? 

Headquartered in New York City, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the name for the national office that oversees roughly 50 affiliates. Though it operates no medical centers of its own, its affiliates operate 587 centers—375 of which do surgical and/or medical abortions.  

According to Stop Planned Parenthood International, in 2019 Planned Parenthood added surgical or medical abortions to 18 of its facilities, bringing the total number of facilities that have abortion services to 375. In addition, PPFA mandates that every affiliate must have at least one facility that does surgical or medical abortions. Planned Parenthood now runs 53% of all surgical/medical abortion facilities in America.  

7. What services does Planned Parenthood provide? 

Though abortion is Planned Parenthood’s proverbial “cash cow,” it does offer other services, including men’s and women’s health services; pregnancy testing and services; general healthcare; HIV services; LGBT services; and STD testing, treatment, and vaccines.  

As Sanger’s progeny, Planned Parenthood of course continues to offer birth control. Never does it mention the harm that birth control can do to women. Never does it mention the fact that hormonal contraception can cause permanent damage or death. And never does it mention that the pill kills a preborn baby one-third of the time.  

PP also offers emergency contraception, claiming nonchalantly that “accidents happen.” It also offers the abortion pill—a two-pill regimen that kills and expels the preborn baby, all while the woman is home alone. PP doesn’t mention the dangerous side effects of the abortion pill for the mother or the fact that hemorrhaging and other problems can send her to the emergency room. 

8. Who is Margaret Sanger, and what does she have to do with Planned Parenthood? 

In 1879, a woman named Margaret Sanger was born to a large and impoverished family in New York. She lost her mother at an early age and was raised by her atheist father. Though her mother died of tuberculosis, Sanger blamed her death on the fact that she had 11 children. This prompted her to grow up with a disdain for large families—and the desire to diminish poverty by preventing certain types of people from having babies.  

Sanger eventually went to nursing school but never finished. Instead, she began to work with impoverished women in New York City. About this time, she joined the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Party and began to advocate—in both her speech and writing—for sex education and birth control, even starting her own journal to reach as many people as she could with her ideas.  

In articles such as “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda” and “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” Sanger explained her reasonings for why she believed women “need” birth control. In “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” Sanger writes: “We who advocate birth control…lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction when there is not economic means of providing proper care for those who are born in health.” 

Her articles and speeches are riddled with beliefs such as this and prove that she considered there to be a close link between birth control and eugenics. Eugenics espouses the belief that a certain group of people has the right to determine who should live, who should reproduce, and who should die. Sanger believed that the poor, the disabled, the mentally challenged, and others like them were unfit and should not procreate. 

“The first step would be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics,” she wrote in a document called My Way to Peace. “The second step would be to take an inventory of the second group, such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate them on farms and open spaces.”  

Sanger’s work with the poor intensified, and in 1921 she established the American Birth Control League, which eventually took the name Planned Parenthood.  

9. Does Planned Parenthood really target minorities? 

It does! Planned Parenthood’s racist roots continue to entangle the entire organization. Beginning with Margaret Sanger’s push of birth control on the poor and continuing through today, Planned Parenthood purposely targets African Americans and Hispanics. Indeed, “79% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located near either an African American or a Hispanic neighborhood and 45% are placed so that they are within walking distance of both types of minority neighborhoods.” 

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger used abortion to promote racist eugenics

In New York City, more black babies are aborted than are born.  

This racism was recently addressed at PP of Greater New York, which just parted ways with one of its administrators and has removed Sanger’s name from its building. However, this small step does not change the clientele or the organization’s mission. 

Ryan Bomberger, founder and chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation, an organization founded to educate about the sanctity of all human beings, teaches that “abortion is the number one killer of black lives, outnumbering the CDC’s reported top 15 leading causes of deaths among blacks in 2014combined….This has been by historical design. It’s called eugenics—the racist and elitist pseudoscience that birthed Planned Parenthood.” 

Bomberger further stated:

Sanger’s Planned Parenthood and Birth Control Review boards were filled with eugenicists who proudly paraded their vile racism and elitism. One of those was Lothrop Stoddard, a eugenicist, klansman, Planned Parenthood Board member and a prolific writer whose words inspired the NAZIS. His 1921 book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy…was a blueprint for racial hygiene theory employed with grotesque and incomprehensible effect during the Holocaust.

A quick Internet search will reveal numerous examples of Planned Parenthood’s racism. From PP accepting donations from a donor who wanted her money to only go to killing black babies to coercing Hispanics to undergo sterilization procedures, the long and sordid history of racism cannot be denied. 

And it reaches into other countries as well. 

10. Does Planned Parenthood work in countries outside the US? 

Planned Parenthood doesn’t operate any of its own health centers outside the United States, but it partners with other organizations to raise funds for family planning services and programs.  

According to PP’s website:

For more than 45 years, Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has worked overseas to break down barriers to health care. In partnership with more than 100  organizations across Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of young people, women, and families, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved.

Planned Parenthood Global helps its partners provide contraception. It increases access to “safe” abortion care, and it advocates for laws promoting women’s “health”—meaning it advocates for laws to make abortion legal in countries where it’s still illegal. In addition, it helps provide “tens of thousands” of people with sex education—a strategy PP uses here in the US to change the way people think about sex. 

sex education words

11. What kind of sex education does Planned Parenthood teach? 

PP goes into schools and promotes its own brand of sex education, which draws from SIECUS standards and indoctrinates children from kindergarten on up. SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) was founded in 1964 by a medical director at Planned Parenthood. Today, the name has changed to SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change. As the site says, “Sex education has the power to spark large-scale social change.” 

And spark social change it has—a change to the detriment of society.  

If your school system adopts the newest SIECUS guidelines, you will see that they recommend that all ages—children from K-12—interact with “all genders” with respect. In other words, kids as young as five are now being taught that there are more than two genders. For kids aged 12-15, the standards teach that people’s “understanding of their gender identity” might change throughout his/her lifetime.  

The list of what certain ages should know goes on and on. The indoctrination goes on and on. The brainwashing goes on and on. As its name states, it’s sex ed for social change. And woe to anyone who wants to teach that there are only two sexes or who is concerned about the mental well-being of a man who thinks he’s a woman or vice versa. 

And lest you think that this brand of sex ed isn’t ubiquitous, according to the site: “Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of sex education, reaching 1.2  million people a year….Planned Parenthood education staff reach 1.5 million individuals each year, and 64% of those individuals are middle school and high school aged youth.” 

Whether you live in CaliforniaNew JerseyHawaii, or any number of states that have adopted SIECUS standards or that have Planned Parenthood in the classroom, beware. If your children do not hear the truth about the beauty of sexuality from you, they will only know what they are taught in school—or on PP’s website.   

12. How is Planned Parenthood’s ideology about sexuality harmful to children? 

Planned Parenthood wants teens to focus on sexuality rather than on morality. It wants them to do what “feels good” rather than what is good for their souls. This kind of mentality is not only harmful for our children’s physical and mental health, but for their spiritual health as well. 

A perfect example of this can be found in the section entitled abstinence-only sex ed. Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer any reasons why abstinence is beneficial for someone’s mental or physical health. It doesn’t provide a lesson about morality. PP brazenly says abstinence-only sex ed doesn’t work. Furthermore, it states: “We have to fight against abstinence-only-until-marriage/SRA programs and advocate for sex education laws and funding that support the full range of sex education topics that young people need.”  

We must understand that our sexuality is simply a part of us; it is not all of who we are. It’s not what defines us as individuals. As children of God, we are so much more than sexual beings.  

Though the Catholic Church teaches that we must wait until we are married to engage in sexual intercourse and that sexual intercourse has both unitive and procreative ends, it does not teach that sexuality is bad or something we should be ashamed of. Quite the contrary. Sex is beautiful and wonderful. In fact, its inherent beauty is why we should not share it with just anyone. Sex is a gift, and we must not abuse this gift. Furthermore, we must not give this gift to just any random person. Think about it this way: would you arbitrarily walk up to a person at a bar and give him/her a piece of expensive jewelry? No, you would not. So why would you give him/her something even more valuable—yourself? Human sexuality is a gift we must all treasure and nurture.  

This is what our children should understand about sexuality, but Planned Parenthood teaches the opposite. It even espouses nonsense like this: “Sex means different things to different people, so virginity can mean different things, too.”  

This is an organization that clearly does not prioritize the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of its clients. 

Final Thoughts 

The kind of care that Planned Parenthood provides is not the kind of care we need, want, or should offer the citizens of our country. Time and time again, we see that Planned Parenthood cares about just one thing: money. 

An organization that profits off dead babies and broken people has no place in our society.  

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About the Author:

Susan Ciancio
Susan Ciancio has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with an MA in liberal studies from Indiana University. For the past 17 years, she has worked as a professional editor and writer, editing both fiction and nonfiction books, magazine articles, blogs, educational lessons, professional materials, and website content. Ten of those years have been in the pro-life sector. Currently Susan writes weekly for HLI, edits for American Life League, and is the editor of its Celebrate Life Magazine. She also serves as executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program, an educational nonprofit program for k-12 students.

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    Gerard Pinkas August 25, 2020 at 10:47 AM - Reply

    I highly recommend the book “Margaret Sanger, Father of Modern Society by Elasah Drogin. It is an excellent compendium that is easy to read of the life of Margaret Sanger written by a Catholic convert from Judaism.
    The writings of Margaret Sanger I find sickening and boring to read and would recommend them only to those who wish to do a more in-depth study of her disgusting wasted life.
    It is interesting to note that among those who Margaret Sanger wished to include in her genocide is what she called the “catholic race” which she (who, of course considered herself genetically superior) considered to be a genetically defunct group because they sent their best to lives of celibacy. Contrast that with her who sent her best to the death camps of Planned Parenthood.

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    Scott September 6, 2020 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    Really, you call that an unbiased account of Planned Parenthood. This article is so obviously skewed AGAINST PP. While perhaps the article lists actual facts, it also chooses to leave out context of such facts that would shed a different light on the situation. For instance, one the article lists is that PP targets minorities. Perhaps they do try to put clinics in poorer neighborhoods. But if you look at the reports, caucasions are still the largest percent of patients. This article is instead pushing conspiracy theories that somehow organizations are trying to eradicate minorities. There are no facts on this point, only theories and opinions. This article is nothing more than click bait with a clear agenda of slander.

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    Damian L'Heureux September 7, 2020 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    Now that The 60 million a year federal funding was stopped under Trump, did that effect PP in a negative way?

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    Jay September 8, 2020 at 12:11 AM - Reply

    Personally I feel like saying “killing babies” rather than “terminating pregnancy” literally makes this sound biased so that’s interesting.

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    anon September 9, 2020 at 10:47 AM - Reply

    this is the most biased article i’ve ever read

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    Anon September 11, 2020 at 3:15 AM - Reply

    This is very bias.

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    Nicole September 12, 2020 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    This is the most biased article that I’ve ever read in my entire life. Good job using a click bait title though. & throwing in there that birth control is harmful to women. Pathetic!

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