- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the single largest abortion provider in the United States. In 2005 its affiliates performed 264,943 surgical and "medical" (i.e., RU-486) abortions -- a new record, and about 10,000 more abortions than in 2004, at a time when abortions are declining overall.1 PPFA is responsible for 1 in 5 abortions in the U.S.
- While PPFA claims to serve women's "choices," it reports providing prenatal care to just 12,548 women in 2005, and infertility services to only 248. Together these are one-twentieth the number of abortions it performs. For 2005 it reported no adoption referrals (compared to 1,414 the previous year).2
- PPFA takes in enormous revenues: $902.8 million in the year ending June 30, 2006 ($55.8 million more than expenses). Significant revenues are generated by charging $350-$650 per abortion. Over a third of its income, $305.3 million, was from taxpayers' dollars -- 12% more than in the previous year, and another all-time record.3
- PPFA says it wants to reduce abortions, yet advocates unrestricted access to abortion and lobbies and/or files suit against even very modest and widely supported laws that reduce abortions: laws requiring informed consent, a 24-hour waiting period after counseling to think over the decision, parental notification or consent before a minor daughter's abortion, state and federal bans on the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure, recordkeeping and reporting of abortions, and a ban on transporting minors across state lines for abortions to circumvent a home state's parental involvement law. 4
- "Freedom of choice" does not apply to those who disagree with PPFA. It strongly opposes laws recognizing a right of conscience for doctors and nurses morally opposed to abortion, referring to these dismissively as "refusal clauses." When government has said it will not force health professionals to violate their medical and moral judgment on abortion, PPFA makes the bizarre claim that such a policy "intrudes on private, personal medical decision making." PPFA, a corporate entity, dismisses conscientious objections by hospitals and health care organizations as "the whims of a corporate entity." 5
- PPFA promotes over-the-counter sales of high-dose "emergency contraceptive" (EC) pills, even to minors, although lower-dose birth control pills require a prescription due to health risks.6 PPFA also opposes conscience rights for pharmacists who object to dispensing these drugs due to their abortifacient potential.7 To promote EC use, PPFA affiliates hold "Free EC Days" around the country,8 despite numerous studies showing that EC programs do not reduce unplanned pregnancies or abortions.9
- Another PPFA giveaway is condoms. Consumer Reports ranked two PPFA condom brands dead last (and the only ones rated "poor") among 23 brands tested for strength and reliability, discovering a (presumably unintentional) way to keep condom users coming back for abortions and STD treatment.10
- PPFA practices a very selective form of generosity to the victims of horrible tragedy. After so many lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack, the January 2006 Sago Mine disaster, and Hurricane Katrina, PPFA offered relief to survivors ... in the form of free birth control and abortions.11
- PPFA strongly supports the dangerous abortion drug RU-486, promoted its approval by the FDA, and volunteered to conduct early U.S. drug trials. In one trial the patient nearly bled to death, but the PPFA affiliate did not report this as an "adverse event."12 Young Californians Holly Patterson and Vivian Tran died from toxic poisoning after Planned Parenthood's RU-486 abortions.13 PPFA's promotion of RU-486 continues, despite a medical finding that the risk of death after such abortions, from infection alone, is ten times the risk of death from all causes in surgical abortions at the same stage of pregnancy.14 Some affiliates even flout FDA protocols by giving RU-486 for abortions up to one week later than the time the FDA found such use "safe."15
- PPFA exports its ideology to developing nations, promoting abortion as family planning and even pressing for U.S. taxpayer support of organizations involved in coerced abortion programs abroad. In 1983, the then-current president of PPFA co-authored and signed a notorious International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) declaration urging affiliates to violate their own countries' laws and perform illegal abortions: "Family Planning Associations and other non-governmental organizations should not use the absence of a law or the existence of an unfavourable law as an excuse for inaction; action outside the law, and even in violation of it, is part of the process of stimulating change."16
1 Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Annual Report 2005-2006 (henceforth Report), at www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/Annual_report.pdf, p. 4.
2 Report, p. 4; Randy Hall, "Planned Parenthood Reports Record Abortions, High Profits," Cybercast News Service, June 15, 2007, at www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200706/CUL20070615a.html.
3 Report, pp. 14-15.
4 Planned Parenthood v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52 (1976) (informed consent, parental involvement and recordkeeping); Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, 467 F.3d 716 (8th Cir. 2006), reh'g en banc granted, op. vacated (Jan. 9, 2007) (a law requiring abortion practitioners to inform women that the abortion will terminate the life of a "living human being"); Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992) (brief waiting period); Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft, 462 U.S. 476 (1983), and Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood, 546 U.S. 320 (2006) (parental involvement); Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, 127 S.Ct. 1610 (2007) (partial-birth abortion). On PPFA's opposition to the federal Child Custody Protection Act (to stop interstate trafficking of unemancipated minors for abortions behind parents' backs), see www.plannedparenthood.org/issues-action/abortion/teenagers-abortion-6238.htm.
5 PPFA press release, Nov. 22, 2004, at www.plannedparenthood.org/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/and-act-12740.htm.
6 PPFA press release, August 24, 2007, at www.plannedparenthood.org/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/access-emergency-contraception-16427.htm.
7 PPFA press release, July 25, 2005, at www.plannedparenthood.org/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/pharmacy-refusal-10848.htm.
8 PPFA press release, Dec. 6, 2006, at www.plannedparenthood.org/issues-action/std-hiv/free-ec-10839.htm.
9 See www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/abortion/factsheetec21607.shtml.
10 See www.consumerreports.org/cro/health-fitness/health-care/condoms-and-contraception-205/ratings/.
11 PPFA press release, Sept. 22, 2005, at www.plannedparenthood.org/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/katrina-10383.htm; Art Moore, "Dial 9-11 for free abortion," World Net Daily, Jan. 18, 2002, at www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26103; ravingatheist.com/archives/2006/01/planned_parenthood_offers_free_abortions_to_miners_widows.php.
12 See www.ru486facts.org/index.cfm?page=sideeffects.
13 See www.usccb.org/prolife/publicat/lifeinsight/DecemberLifeInsight.pdf. Two other Californians, Oriane Shevin and Chanelle Bryant, died after receiving RU-486 at National Abortion Federation clinics. In general see www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/abortion/ru486factsheet.shtml.
14 M. Greene, "Fatal Infections Associated with Mifepristone-Induced Abortion," New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 1, 2005, pp. 2317-8. This does not include RU-486 deaths from other causes (ruptured ectopic pregnancy, hemorrhage, heart attack). See www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/ru486/StopthebloodshedandpassHolly.pdf.
15 E.g. Planned Parenthood of New York City, www.ppnyc.org/services/factsheets/mifep.htm. Effectiveness drops from 92% at 49 days' gestation to 77% at 63 days, resulting in more incomplete and failed abortions and higher rates of infection and hemorrhaging (www.ru486facts.org/index.cfm?page=effectiveness).
16 Report, pp. 12-13; www.plannedparenthood.org/issues-action/global-inequality/unfpa-funding-13134.htm; IPPF, Report of the Working Group on the Promotion of Family Planning as a Basic Human Right, Nov. 1983, pp. 28-9.