Fact-checking Planned Parenthood's purported percentages

Didn’t want to let this go by, even though you might have already seen it. According to Planned Parenthood’s end-of-the-year report, the organization refers far fewer women for adoption than they like to claim — and perform far more abortions than they like to tout, too. In a nutshell: Adoption referrals continue to go down, while the number of abortions continue to go up. CNSNews.com reports:

When compared with previous annual reports, the latest one shows an almost steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics: In 2006, Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions; in 2007, it did 305,310; in 2009, it did 331,796; and, in 2010, it did 329,445–a small decrease from the previous year.

The annual report for fiscal year 2008-2009 does not include abortion or adoption figures, but a PPFA Fact Sheet posted on its Web site and said to be current as of September 2010, states that 324,008 abortions were performed at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country in 2008.

According to PPFA’s annual report for fiscal year 2007-2008,  in 2007 Planned Parenthood’s “adoption referrals to other agencies” totaled 4,912. In Fiscal Year 2010 that number was 841, a decrease of 82.8 percent.

The PPFA Fact Sheet states that adoption is included in 1 percent of services in 2008 (primary care and “other services” are included in that 1 percent), or 2,405 adoption referrals.

The latest annual report claims that abortion services make up 3 percent of “medical services,” but PPFA states it served 3 million people and performed 329,445 abortions – numbers that show 11 percent of customers received an abortion.

Here, then, is a rebuttal to that oft-repeated talking point that abortions hardly figure into the services Planned Parenthood provides.

Occasionally, folks wonder why I’m passionately pro-life. I tell them it’s because I’m passionately pro-choice. That is, I desperately want young girls to realize that, yes, every woman has a choice — until she doesn’t. Every woman has a choice before she gets pregnant. After she’s pregnant, the choice is gone. She will forever have been a mother, for however brief a time — and no abortion erases that. A woman’s body knows that, even if her mind and heart don’t. Sadly, more often than not, her heart realizes it, too. But where is Planned Parenthood after an abortion? Nowhere to be found. It’s up to organizations like Project Rachel to help women cope with the devastating and undisclosed aftermath of an abortion.

Last year, Planned Parenthood received $487.4 million in taxpayer money — but, as long as abortions account for 11 percent of its services, it doesn’t deserve a dime.