Planned Parenthood Federation's Newest Abortion Numbers
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2018-01-10

The 2016-2017 Planned Parenthood Annual Report contains bad news and some modest good news for those who fight to end the killing of children in the womb.

Let’s start with the fact that, as we showed in our 2017 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report, Planned Parenthood still operates the largest abortion chain in the United States. It runs 356 surgical and/or medical abortion mills. That’s 48.8 percent of all the abortuaries in the country. Planned Parenthood commits over one-third of all the surgical and medical abortions in the nation.

Next, we move to its latest annual report in which it proclaims that, between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, it committed 321,384 abortions in those 356 facilities. When you add this latest number to all the other abortions committed by Planned Parenthood since it first began doing abortions in Syracuse, New York, on July 2, 1970, you realize that Planned Parenthood has admitted to being responsible for the deaths of 7,555,778 children in the womb.

Let us not forget that each of those 7.5 million children, if they had escaped Planned Parenthood, would most likely have grown, married, and had children of their own. The oldest of those 7.5 million would now be in their late 40s and happily awaiting the birth of grandchildren. Instead, they are dead—killed in very gruesome ways at Planned Parenthood.

So, how did Planned Parenthood’s death toll in 2015-2016 match up with the number of babies it has killed in recent years? According to recent Planned Parenthood reports, here is the death toll for the last 10 years:

2007    305,310

2008    324,008

2009    331,796

2010    329,445

2011    333,964

2012    327,166

2013    327,653

2014    323,999

2015    328,348

2016    321,384

When we are talking about the killing of over 300,000 babies a year for each of the last 10 years, there is no such thing as “good news.” We can, however, make some general observations.

1.      After going through many years of steep increases in the number of abortions at its facilities, Planned Parenthood has not been able to increase its total abortion numbers.

2.      As other abortion facilities are closing across the country, Planned Parenthood is trying to kill as many babies as possible. In 2007, Planned Parenthood was doing 25 percent of all the abortions in the country. In 2016 it had its market share up to 35 percent.

3.      Despite building huge abortion mega-centers and putting abortion quotas on its clinic staff, the number of abortions in 2016 was the lowest total since 2007.

Planned Parenthood has found a way to make more money from the same number of abortions. Its secret is “medication abortions” (also known as abortion pill abortions). Planned Parenthood has become the leader of abortion pill abortions in the United States. Operation Rescue counts a total of 214 facilities in the country that provide only abortion pill abortions. Our facilities report shows Planned Parenthood operates 190 of them.

Planned Parenthood does not publicly disclose how many of its abortions are surgical and how many are abortion pill abortions. The best estimate is that they are split 50-50. The advantage to Planned Parenthood of the abortion pill abortions is profit. Mothers pay about the same amount of money to have their babies killed regardless of which method is used. Prices are normally somewhere between $550 to $600 for a 10-week or less abortion. With surgical abortions there are a lot of costs in providing the surgical equipment, paying the abortionist, etc. These costs are not needed for the abortion pill abortion.

With the abortion pill abortions the main costs are the two drugs and the office visits and physical exams. STOPP recently researched the cost of the drugs and found that Planned Parenthood pays under $90 for the two drugs used in these abortions. In most cases at PP there is only one office visit, so costs are low while profits are high.

But, you know what? Planned Parenthood found a way to make the profits even higher. It’s called tele-med abortions (pioneered by Planned Parenthood in Iowa). With tele-med abortions, the patient visits with the abortion provider via computer and pays the same, but costs to PP are way lower. Profit. No matter what.

The take-away from Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report is that it is still killing as many babies as it can—even though the number is the lowest in 10 years. We need to stay focused and stop this organization from killing the future of our country.