Abortion, Big Government, Issues, Planned Parenthood

New Planned Parenthood Ad Campaign Seeks to Defend Abortion Giant’s Government Funding

Photo: David Bledsoe/Flickr (cc by-nc-sa 2.0)

Photo: David Bledsoe/Flickr (cc by-nc-sa 2.0)

After spending over $30 million on the 2016 election, Planned Parenthood has a new project: a million-dollar ad campaign defending its government funding.

The organization, which receives over half a billion dollars from taxpayers each year, stands to lose a significant portion of its government funding should Congress pass a reconciliation bill that includes the House Energy and Commerce Committee language making Planned Parenthood affiliates ineligible for receiving Medicaid reimbursements for one year after the enactment of the bill.

Desperate to keep the tax dollars flowing, Planned Parenthood’s latest campaign will reportedly highlight the abortion giant’s “cancer screening and prevention services,” as they are referred to in the group’s annual reports, which, according to Planned Parenthood’s own numbers, have decreased by 57 percent since 2010.

It’s not surprising that Planned Parenthood intends to highlight cancer-related services rather than its abortion activity. But policymakers should keep several important facts in mind during the debate surrounding tax dollars and entanglement with the abortion industry.

The most recent annual report for 2014-2015 shows that 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services were abortions and less than 1 percent were adoption referrals. In the same year, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions. Over the course of the last three reported years, Planned Parenthood has performed almost 1 million abortions.

Meanwhile, annual reports in recent years show that Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive services have dropped. STD and STI prevention and treatment services have dropped. Total services have dropped. And, importantly, cancer screening and prevention services have dropped.

LiveAction highlights that Planned Parenthood “only does 0.97 percent of Pap smears and 1.8 percent of breast exams” in the U.S. Planned Parenthood provides zero mammograms, despite often repeated claims to the contrary.

It’s also worth noting that the most recent data available about Planned Parenthood’s activity comes from the 2014-2015 annual report, which was released in December 2015. As previously discussed here at The Daily Signal, these annual reports are typically published in December or January, so the latest report addressing 2015-2016 was expected to be available by now.

But it’s nowhere to be found, and requests from The Daily Signal to Planned Parenthood’s press team have gone unanswered.

How many cancer screening and prevention services did Planned Parenthood provide during the most recent reporting year? How many unique patients were served? How many abortions were performed?

Planned Parenthood isn’t saying, but is going to great lengths to keep the tax dollars flowing in the meantime.

Originally published by Melanie Israel at The Daily Signal

  • carmella

    The government does not pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood primarily provides healthcare services to low income people. These includes mammograms, pap smears, prostate screening, etc. Get informed.

    • BonLovesFreedom

      Where do you think government gets money? TAXPAYERS, carmella. It is OUR money government spends so freely. No one really minds the medical preventative procedures you listed nor birth control, BUT you forgot abortions/killing babies and selling baby’s organs. Perhaps Margaret Sanger is an unfamiliar name to you. Maybe you haven’t seen the videos providing proof of what is taking place.

  • jerry1944

    PP gets government money to kill babys This cant be in Gods law This country was founded on Gods laws So how did they ever get our tax dollars to start with We know once the government starts any program are tax it is there for life But we sure can cut the funding to it and show

  • BonLovesFreedom

    All for ending any tax money going to Planned Parenthood. They should have held onto the $30 million spent during the election and million on a campaign for more tax $$ because if the majority gets their way, they will NOT get any more of our monies. If those people want to commit murder, we should not fund them but lock them up.

  • carmella

    PP does not use government funding for abortions. Tax payers don’t pay for abortions. And if you believe anything James O’Keefe does, I have some swamp land to sell you in the desert. Now, tax payers are paying for Trump to play golf every weekend in Palm Beach–you pay for that– and for his wife to live in New York, — you pay for that–and for his sons to fly around the world doing business deals. You pay for that. His kids went to Aspen this weekend with 100 Secret Service agents. You pay for that. Millions of dollars that can be used for Meals on Wheels, school meals for low income kids, to provide heating for low income families and seniors. He’s cutting agencies that help create jobs, such as the Appalachian Regional
    Commission and the Economic Development Association, as well as grants
    that focus on community development, all of which the White House has
    proposed eliminating. He’s cutting Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER,
    grants and another initiative that benefits rural airports. Many of the programs he’s cutting represent such a small fraction of money spent. I suppose you don’t want your tax dollars paying for these programs. PP does not use federal funding for abortions. The woman seeking an abortion does.

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