Year-end is an exciting time in the fight against Planned Parenthood
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2018-11-28

American Life League’s STOPP International is always extremely busy at the end of the year, and this year is no exception. It is the time that we step back from our usual travel schedule and take the time to create a “scorecard” of how the fight against Planned Parenthood has done this year. A time of research and analysis.

Our first big effort this year was a full examination of the 56 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America with a focus on compensation paid to the highest paid employee in each affiliate. You will read all about the results of that research in our 2018 Planned Parenthood CEO Report that was discussed at length in two other articles in this WSR. We will not repeat those findings here.

The second major research project we conduct at the end of the year is a detailed look at every facility operated by every Planned Parenthood affiliate in the United States. We look to find out how many have opened in the last year and how many have closed. We also look at the kinds of procedures at each facility, with an emphasis on which ones kill babies through surgical or medical abortions. The good news over the last decade is that Planned Parenthood closes more facilities than it opens every year. There’s more good news in that, although the organization continues to expand the number of facilities that commit medical (abortion pill) abortions, it has not been able to achieve its goal of killing greater numbers of babies. Planned Parenthood’s total abortions per year remains stagnant at about 321,000. Of course, we will continue fighting until this number is zero.

This year’s research has been going on for close to a month and is about 40 percent completed. To date, we are finding the past trend continuing. Our data, so far, shows that Planned Parenthood has closed three times as many facilities than it opened. Unfortunately, we also found a small increase in the number of facilities that do medical abortions. You can expect that we will be releasing our 2018 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report around Christmas time. Hopefully, the results will bring joy to the pro-life world.

Our third major research effort at the end of the year is a complete analysis of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Annual Report. Although we have no control over when Planned Parenthood releases that report, historically it chooses a slow news day between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Its only major deviation from that timeline was in 2016. That year, we are sure it had written its report assuming a Clinton presidential election victory. When Trump was victorious, it appears that Planned Parenthood did a major re-write and finally released the report several months later than usual.

To make sure you receive all these reports as soon as they are available, we encourage you to make sure you are subscribed to this Wednesday STOPP Report. You can do that by going to http://www.stopp.org/wsr.php and clicking on the “Subscribe” box.