Planned Parenthood: Your Questions Answered

Sorting through what’s true and what’s not when it comes to Planned Parenthood can be difficult. 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 these facts 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 Planned Parenthood Facts

 

1. Who funds Planned Parenthood?

According to PP’s 2019-2020 annual report, its funding comes from government health services reimbursements and grants (38%), private contributions and bequests (31%), non-governmental health services revenue (22%), and other sources (9%).

 

Planned Parenthood facts: graph of Planned Parenthood's revenue sources

 

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 is that the government gives Planned Parenthood millions, and the organization can spread its money around however it wants to. According to the Lozier Institute, which analyzed this latest annual report: “Taxpayer funding in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements hit $618.1 million, or almost $1.7 million per day—an annual increase of $1.3 million from the previous year to make up 38% of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.” (emphasis in original)

 

2. How much is Planned Parenthood worth?

According to the 2019-2020 annual report, Planned Parenthood’s assets are just over two billion. Its revenue for that time period was $1.641 billion.

 

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

PP killed 354,871 preborn babies during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. At an approximate charge of $600/abortion, that equates to about $583,350 every day!

So while Planned Parenthood may deny it, abortion is a huge chunk of its income.

 

4. 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 (for the STD, 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 informative 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. 

 

5. 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, and many claimed that founder David Daleiden and others lied and altered the videos, outside auditors proved the videos were not altered. Court cases continue, but the footage speaks for itself (example below). 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.”

 

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 563 centers—387 of which commit surgical or abortion pill abortions.

In addition, PPFA mandates that every affiliate must have at least one facility that provides 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,” the organization does offer other services, including men’s and women’s health services; pregnancy testing and services; general healthcare; HIV services; and STD testing, treatment, and vaccines.

Planned Parenthood—the progeny of Margaret Sanger—continues, of course, to offer birth control. However, the organization fails to 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.

In addition, PP 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. Will women lose access to necessary health services if Planned Parenthood were defunded?

Absolutely not! In the US, we have about 1,400 federally qualified health centers. In addition, there are over 13,000 federally qualified health center service sites that do the same things PP does—except abortions.

People don’t need Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood needs people in order to make money.

 

9. Who is Margaret Sanger?

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.

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger used abortion to promote racist eugenics

“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.

 

10. 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 today, Planned Parenthood purposely targets African Americans and Hispanics. Indeed, 2010 Census Bureau data found that “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.”

The Life Issues Institute followed that data up with more recent statistics, stating: “An updated analysis in 2015 found that the new set of 173 Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities operating in 2014 continue their practice of heavily targeting minority neighborhoods for abortion, with 78% within walking distance of these communities.”

Black Dignity concurs, makes this bold statement: “We are being targeted. Our people are dying…. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.”

In New York City it is a fact that more black babies are aborted than are born.

Last year, this racism was addressed at PP of Greater New York, which parted ways with one of its administrators and 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, 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 2014—combined…. This has been by historical design. It’s called eugenics—the racist and elitist pseudoscience that birthed Planned Parenthood.”

Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation

Ryan Bomberger (screenshot from the Radiance Foundation website)

 

Bomberger further states:

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 money 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.

 

11. 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:

Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has worked overseas for 50 years to break down barriers to health care and champion the brave people putting their safety on the line each day for reproductive freedom. In partnership with more than 70 organizations across Africa and Latin America, we advance the health and rights of all people, working tirelessly to combat inequities in historically marginalized and under-resourced communities.

We don’t operate Planned Parenthood health centers outside the United States. Instead we back brave people, policies, programs, and movements — empowering local partners and allies with resources as they provide critical information, services and advocacy in restrictive environments.

Planned Parenthood Global helps its partners provide contraception. It increases access to “safe” abortion care and 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.

 

12. 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 SIECUS’ site asserts, “Sex education has the power to spark large-scale social change.”

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

 

sex education words

 

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 or 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 is sex ed for social change. And woe to anyone who wants to teach that, barring a chromosomal abnormality, people are either male or female.

And lest you think that this brand of sex ed isn’t ubiquitous: “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 California, Illinois, Hawaii, 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.

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 psychological or spiritual health.

A perfect example of this can be found in the section of PP’s website entitled Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs: “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—and teach our children—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. We are so much more than sexual beings.

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, but 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 or 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 a piece of expensive jewelry? No, you would not. So why would you give him something even more valuable—yourself? Though society likes to teach differently, 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.”

Is this the organization you want teaching your kids about sexuality?

 

Final Thoughts

Every person should have access to quality healthcare, but the kind of care that Planned Parenthood provides is not the kind of care that prioritizes the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of its clients. Time and time again, we see that Planned Parenthood cares about just one thing: money.

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

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



23 Comments

  1. Gerard Pinkas on August 25, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    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.

  2. Scott on September 6, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    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.

  3. Jay on September 8, 2020 at 12:11 AM

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

  4. Nicole on September 12, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    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!

  5. Emily on September 21, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    This article is obviuously BIASED against PP. It is very hypocritical to claim that PP is lying when this article lied about being not being biased. “The brainwashing goes on and on,” was your response to teaching young kids about all genders, how is it brainwashing to teach kids how to be respectful and accepting of all genders. This article also uses “dead babies” when most abortions happen when it is a fetus (not an actual person). Women and men can do what ever they want with their bodies, whether it is to wait till marriage or have sex all the time, stop trying to control people’s bodies. I could go on and on, but it would take too long to explain how pathetic this is.

  6. Eddie on October 10, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    Item 4 about disposition of parts was a HIGHLY edited composition of anti-PP services. The original recordings were never surrendered because the control freaks did not want to admit to falsifying what was really said. Most people of any intelligence can see through the antics of those holier-than-thou people who strive to control other’s lives.

  7. Di on October 15, 2020 at 1:18 AM

    The wording murdering babies is biased. Terrible article. There are more than two genders. Birth control is not evil.

    • Abby on November 17, 2020 at 2:15 AM

      Yes! I’m glad the right people found this article because this is so wrong.

    • Mama2eight on September 27, 2021 at 2:17 PM

      Murder is the correct word to use. By definition, murder is the planned killing of a person.

      Abortion is not an accident, It is planned. At least one person dies. The fetus is a separate being from the mother. He/she has his/her own blood type and supply from the beginning.

      At ten weeks, the baby is fully formed with fingers and toes and a heart beat. By 12 weeks, the sexual characteristics are starting to form enough to distinguish between the two sexes. Brain waves are detected at this time too.

      Most abortions are done around ten weeks. I had miscarriages at this time of development and saw those fully formed feet with toes. The babies were clearly easy to identify as fully human. It was too early to identify sex, but a blood/DNA test would have shown the x and y chromosomes.

      Abortion is the murder of a clearly unique living human being separate from, but dependent on the mother for life in the womb.

      • Trip on May 9, 2022 at 3:58 PM

        Wrong. Murder is not the right word to use. Murder is illegal, abortion is not. Get it together.

  8. Abby on November 17, 2020 at 2:14 AM

    This was super biased and it was clear this article is against Planned Parenthood from the moment I started reading. Planned Parenthood not only performs abortions but gives choices and counseling as well. They save over an estimated 579,000 unintended pregnancies a year. That number would be way lower if they were to be defunded. The article title is fake and this is most definitely biased. I am very disappointed.

    • Scott Murphy on May 15, 2021 at 8:55 AM

      Any “good” they do is completely overshadowed by the pure evil and barbarism they commit. Who honestly cares if you are “disappointed”? If you defend the murdering of unborn babies you too are complicit in their murder in the Eyes of God. See how far your “disappointment” gets you on your Judgement Day.

    • Kim on December 17, 2021 at 6:18 PM

      You are so upset about an article you consider to be biased when you should be more upset about the racist roots and ongoing eugenics of Planned Plarenthood. I would like to know where you got info on how many babies are saved by PP.

  9. Zoe on November 26, 2020 at 1:58 AM

    The facts are facts. And the facts prove there’s no reason to like or trust this organization. Just because some people like Planned Parenthood doesn’t make these negative things any less true. I think it’s great you’re getting the word out about this destructive organization. Bravo!

  10. Joseph Beshara on November 29, 2020 at 1:26 AM

    All you people commenting on this all work for PP. liberal cowards

  11. Cathy on January 13, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    “… But if you look at the reports, caucasions are still the largest percent of patients…”
    Would I be right in assuming that you also argue the FACT that MORE whites are killed by cops than blacks… or do you then argue that “percentage of population” thingy?

  12. donna on February 14, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Excellent article! Thank you I needed it for the research I am doing. I total agree with this author.

  13. Deedee on March 17, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    I’m sure they do work for PP. and they can’t handle their guilt because it is so barbaric they have to lie and defend PP in order to live with themselves. I’m sure many have children and live a traditional life outside of work at PP. How could anyone think letting a baby starve and cry until they just wither away and die is ok is either evil or deranged and needs mental help. Serious help! Not to mention selling off body parts which isn’t only evil, it’s barbaric. Wonder if any of these PP workers have nightmares when trying to sleep. I sure as hell hope so.

  14. Scott Murphy on May 15, 2021 at 8:47 AM

    No matter how you dress it up in euphemisms, abortion is pre-meditated MURDER. The mothers, physicians and ancillary staff will all be held accountable on their Judgment Day and I doubt God will be sympathetic.

    PP should change their name to “Murder Inc”

  15. Eli on June 27, 2021 at 10:57 PM

    I saw “unbiased” in the title and clicked, only to find a plentiful amount of pro-lifer bias within the first few sentences, let alone the rest of the article. “Killing babies” is biased, as is pretty much every other sentence. If you are going to provide “unbiased” facts, leave your opinion out of it. These comments are even worse, talking about eating babies and the “Eyes of God”…get your heads out of the gutter, people. Planned Parenthood provides many valuable things, but safe abortions are especially necessary so that women aren’t forced to hurt themselves or give birth to children that can’t be adequately cared for under your “pro-LIFE” system that leaves hundreds of thousands of LIVE children in the foster system and millions homeless.

    Consider retitling the article to: “12 Conservative, Religion-Fueled Reasons Why I Hate Planned Parenthood” or better yet “Me Complaining about Planned Parenthood for Way Too Many Paragraphs” to save people the time and headache that this piece is not worth.

    • Kim on December 17, 2021 at 6:12 PM

      If abortion is not “killing babies” then what is it?

  16. E. Maria on December 16, 2021 at 8:31 PM

    Interesting, notice that the people who were given the ‘Gift of Life,’ are the one’s advocating for the ‘Death of a baby…did they ever think about why they were spared from Death….?

  17. Chuck yes I’m a dude on January 17, 2022 at 10:23 PM

    I wonder if more women knew the history of PPH then maybe they would make better individual choices in life to not have to got to a place like this. While BC does help and work. It’s not fail proof and does have some effects on women’s health. Finally outside of rape, incest and maybe birth defects. Doesn’t the choice and decision come down to a women on wether she wants to get pregnant or not? Then if so, if they don’t want to get pregnant why can better choices and or decisions be made to not get pregnant?

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