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ORLANDO, FL – While masquerading as a routine “healthcare” provider for women, Planned Parenthood killed a record number 345,672 unborn babies via abortion during its 2018-2019 fiscal year, which is an increase of 13,000 more than the previous year, according to its latest annual report. That means Planned Parenthood performed an average of 947 abortions each day in the United States and brought in more than $1.6 billion in revenue.
In 2019, Planned Parenthood refused to comply with President Trump’s Protect Life Rule and officially withdrew from the Title X Family Planning Program. The Trump administration’s rule, which ensures compliance with the statutory prohibition against using federal funds for programs where abortion is a method of family planning, defunded Planned Parenthood by as much as $60 million in Title X funds annually. However, the annual report reveals the group’s total government funding (including federal, state, and local funds) actually increased by $52 million to $616.8 million in 2018-2019. Additionally, seven states–Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Washington Massachusetts and Maryland– refused to comply with the new Title X rule and continued to provide tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Even though it is the largest abortion provider in America, Planned Parenthood’s annual report claims that abortion is only four percent of the organization’s “medical services” for the last fiscal year. However, Planned Parenthood arrives at this false statistic by dividing the number of children it aborted (345,672) for the year by the number of “services” the group provided (9.8 million). This means when a woman visits a Planned Parenthood facility to obtain an abortion, she is also given a pregnancy test, an STI test, a cancer screening and contraception. Therefore, the abortion procedure would be considered 20 percent of the “services” she received. This is why the group lists its annual “services” as much higher than the number of patients it saw last year (2.4 million). Using this deceptive formula, the report manipulates the data to make it appear as if abortion is a tiny percent of its “services,” though a much higher percentage of actual patients who visit Planned Parenthood facilities are there, first and foremost, to obtain an abortion.
To further increase its abortion income, Planned Parenthood is now using technology to directly reach patients as early and often as possible through PP Direct, their app to access birth control prescriptions and UTI treatment on the phone, and ROO, their sexual health chatbot, to give “non-judgmental, science-based information to teens.”
In order to increase access to chemical abortions, Planned Parenthood has expanded telemedicine abortions to three new states bringing the total to 16. This push included publishing a study on chemical abortions that presents telemedicine abortions as “safe and effective,” in hoping to make them more accessible for women. However, the drug mifepristone/RU-486, which ends the life of the unborn child, has 19 pages of patient safety information with cautions and directions for those taking the drug. The FDA has documented at least 4,000 cases of serious adverse events, including more than 1,000 women who required hospitalization. As of December 31, 2018, there have been 24 reported deaths of women in the United States associated with mifepristone.
Regardless of the danger, the chemical abortion process is paired with a telemedicine platform in two ways: a physician can examine a patient via telemedicine, then issue a prescription for mifepristone and misoprostol to the patient to terminate the pregnancy; or a remote physician can examine a patient at a clinic, then issue instructions to clinic personnel to dispense the drugs from a locked cabinet that is remotely opened by the doctor. There are 18 states that currently prohibit the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication for abortion remotely.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Planned Parenthood’s annual report reveals once again that its primary mission is making huge profit by aborting innocent babies. Abortion is not healthcare, and it certainly is not safe. It is the intentional act of killing a human being. That is human genocide for profit,” said Staver.
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