Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Planned Parenthood loses clinics, private support

Snipped from “the Ryan Report” of STOPP International 12/04

"Increases in abortions, more money from taxpayers' pockets and bigger profit margins - all while clinics are closing down and donations are dwindling. That is the state of Planned Parenthood," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International, in response to the release of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2003-2004 Annual Report.

STOPP International, which has monitored Planned Parenthood's operations for 20 years, provided its analysis of the latest report and put it in historical perspective. Sedlak pointed out facts and trends in the last year:

* Planned Parenthood increased the number of abortions at its own facilities by 6.1 percent to 244,628, bringing the total number of babies killed at Planned Parenthood facilities since 1970 to 3.5 million.

* Planned Parenthood took in an estimated $104 million from its surgical abortion business - the first time this number has surpassed $100 million - accounting for more than one-third of the organization's $302.6 million clinic income.

* Abortions accounted for 34 percent of the organization's overall clinic income and 65 percent of its increased clinic income over last year's total.

* Planned Parenthood aborted 138 children for every adoption referral to an outside agency. During Gloria Feldt's first full year as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1997), the group's abortion/adoption ratio was 18:1. Throughout her tenure, abortion numbers have consistently increased and adoption referrals have regularly decreased, resulting in the dismal 138:1 statistic.

* The number of clinics operated by Planned Parenthood continued to decline, from 866 clinics to 849 clinics in the last year. Since Planned Parenthood's heyday in 1995 when the organization operated 938 offices, the organization now has shut down a net 89 of its clinics, suggesting that the public is increasingly steering away from Planned Parenthood offices.

* Private financial support of Planned Parenthood continued to erode as contributions and bequests dropped 17 percent to $191 million, and the income of its national headquarters dropped by 19.8 percent.

* By increasing abortion numbers, raising clinic prices, and persuading politicians to give it a record $265.2 million in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood was able to post its 18th straight year of record total income ($810 million), and ended the year with a stockpile of $725.3 million in assets.

Sedlak added, "This report shows the public is increasingly rejecting Planned Parenthood's radical agenda, but apparently our elected officials haven't gotten the message. Now is the time for Americans to expand the growing efforts to close Planned Parenthood clinics and to put pressure on politicians to stop the obscene amount of taxpayer money that is being funneled to the nation's largest abortion chain."

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