Abortion is the leading cause of death in America.
Since the passage of Roe v. Wade five decades ago, abortion has claimed the lives of over 61 million American babies. By the admission of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, over 862,000 abortions occurred in the year 2017 alone.
In February, Planned Parenthood — which handles roughly one-third of abortions in the United States — quietly released its 2019-2020 annual report. The document revealed that in addition to killing hundreds of thousands of babies, the organization was on the front line of providing transgender hormone treatment and promoting LGBTQ-affirming “sexuality education” to children.
Here are six disturbing insights about the activities of America’s largest abortion provider.
Record High Abortions
Planned Parenthood reported 354,871 “abortion procedures” in the past year. This figure amounts to 972 abortions per day and 41 abortions per hour across the United States. In other terms, Planned Parenthood carries out an abortion every ninety seconds.
Though America’s 862,000 annual abortions represent the leading cause of death in the United States, Planned Parenthood’s abortions alone would represent the third-leading cause of death, followed distantly by respiratory disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Alongside its abortion statistics, the report lists countless services — including distribution of emergency contraception kits, STI tests, pregnancy tests, and urinary tract infection treatments — as “affiliate medical services,” even though most are not surgical in nature. By this standard, abortions constituted 3.4% of Planned Parenthood’s services — a figure that the group’s supporters often cite to avoid the reality that the organization fundamentally exists to terminate pregnancies.
For example, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) noted during a 2015 speech on the Senate floor that “women who can’t get appointments anywhere else go to Planned Parenthood for pap tests and cancer screening.”
“Couples go to Planned Parenthood for STD treatments or pregnancy tests. Young people go to Planned Parenthood for birth control,” said the former presidential candidate. “And yes, 3% of patients visit Planned Parenthood for a safe and legal abortion, with a doctor who will show compassion and care for a woman who is making one of the most difficult decisions of her entire life.”
Despite Democratic politicians’ intentional emphasis on Planned Parenthood’s non-abortive services, Planned Parenthood exists as the leading provider of abortion in the United States. Indeed, over half of its revenues are derived from abortion, while its market share for other services is often negligible. For example, although Planned Parenthood carried out 272,990 pap smears in the past year, the organization conducts less than 1% of pap smears in the United States.
Millions In Government Funds
Accompanying its record-setting abortion count is Planned Parenthood’s record-setting paystub from Uncle Sam.
Taxpayer dollars accounted for $618.1 million of Planned Parenthood’s $1.641 billion in revenues, meaning federal funds accounted for nearly 38% of the organization’s income.
In last year’s annual report, Planned Parenthood disclosed $617 million in taxpayer funds for abortion. Therefore, as the United States federal government ran a $3.13 trillion budget deficit, the group received more federal funds than ever before.
Few Adoption Referrals
In comparison to its 354,871 abortions, Planned Parenthood only completed 2,667 adoption referrals. The group effectively facilitated 133 times more abortions than adoptions.
Recognizing this reality, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently proposed a measure that would redirect federal funds given to Planned Parenthood into adoption and maternal health programs.
“Instead of abusing obscure Senate rules and procedures to give handouts to their favored constituents, why don’t Democrats work across the aisle to help mothers and children in need?” asked Sen. Hawley in February. “If Democrats are serious about unifying the country, then now is the time to drop divisive, partisan agendas and come together on an issue that all Americans can agree with.”
Planned Parenthood also announced that it is currently providing “hormone therapy for transgender patients” in more than 200 facilities across 31 states.
“Accessing health care can be challenging for transgender people,” reads the organization’s question-and-answer page about transgenderism. “Not all nurses and doctors are sensitive to trans issues or informed about the health care needs of transgender people. You may worry about revealing your gender identity regardless of whether you wish to transition medically. You might not feel comfortable with your body or feel comfortable having a nurse or doctor examine you.”
The page includes an extensive glossary for terms related to transgenderism, including “cross-dresser,” “drag king,” “drag queen,” “gender nonconforming,” “gender non-binary,” and “genderqueer.”
In addition, transgender individuals can receive information about hormone injections from local Planned Parenthood chapters. For instance, the website for Planned Parenthood of Illinois includes descriptions of its “gender affirming hormone therapy,” which could include feminizing medications, anti-androgen medications, and masculinizing medications.
Deviant Sexuality Education
Planned Parenthood spent $61.6 million on “sexuality education” last year.
In comparison, Planned Parenthood spent $58.3 million on sexuality education in its previous fiscal year, marking a 5.7% increase in expenditures.
Planned Parenthood explicitly denounces “abstinence-only-until-marriage” programs and describes its intention to “fight against” them. Instead, it seeks to push for “sex education laws and funding that support the full range of sex education topics that young people need.”
In addition to covering topics such as birth control and sexual orientation, Planned Parenthood asserts that “LGBTQ youth deserve to learn in settings that are inclusive of their experiences,” since “far too many LGBTQ youth are sitting in classrooms where their teachers and textbooks fail to address their experiences.”
In a partnership with several LGBTQ activist groups — including the Human Rights Campaign, which recently encouraged President Biden to strip accreditation from Christian schools unsupportive of their agenda — Planned Parenthood developed a “call to action” that detailed the history and status of sex education in the United States. The document denounced states like Florida and North Carolina, which mandate that sex education focus upon “monogamous heterosexual marriage.”
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