Planned Parenthood's real 3% number
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Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortion accounts for only three percent of its business. While many sources have shown that number to be a lie, there is another three-percent number that Planned Parenthood doesn’t want you to know about. Just two weeks ago, our friend Carole Novielli revealed research she had done on Planned Parenthood’s customers in an article for Live Action. Her statistics show a Planned Parenthood organization struggling to remain relevant. According to Carole,

If you have based your opinion of Planned Parenthood primarily on the mainstream media’s narrative about the corporation — a narrative crafted from Planned Parenthood’s own talking points — you likely believe that a vast number of people depend upon it for their health care, especially women. But the truth is that while Planned Parenthood commits 41% of the abortions in the United States every year (over 350,000), it actually only serves around 3% of the female population of reproductive age.

Despite increasing taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood’s own reports reveal that many of its services have been in decline while abortions continue to increase. 

For years, Planned Parenthood has masqueraded as a “women’s health” organization, yet it serves a very small percentage of female clients annually. Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report for 2019-2020 revealed that out of the 2.4 million clients it recorded, nearly 2.1 million were female, while 321,001 were male, which is a growing demographic.

According to population estimates in 2019, there were 165 million females in the United States with 64 million females of reproductive age (15–44). This means that Planned Parenthood’s female clientele represents just 3.3 percent of the U.S. female population of reproductive age.

While these numbers will be startling to many, they make a lot of sense. Planned Parenthood has been closing centers across the country for decades. Every time it closes a center, it basically loses access to the customers in that geographic area. Planned Parenthood reported that it had 875 medical centers in the United States at the end of 2002. Since then, it closed centers in 490 communities and opened centers in only 178 new communities—leaving it with 563 operating medical centers at the end of 2020. When you lose 312 centers, you can expect to see a decrease in customer numbers.

Despite this massive closing of 35 percent of its centers, and a loss of 740,000 customers, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer income has almost tripled (from $241 million to $618 million) over those same 18 years.

Of course, not everything is on the down side at Planned Parenthood. Over those 18 years, abortions at Planned Parenthood have risen 54 percent (from 230,630 to 354,871).

Planned Parenthood is aggressively trying to regain customers through tele-health appointments and even dispensing the abortion pill with Internet prescriptions and mailing the pills. But the fact remains the same—only 3.3 percent of women of reproductive age are customers of Planned Parenthood. As Novielli pointed out in her article, a much larger number of women get their medical needs met at Federally Qualified Health Centers.