Planned Parenthood set a record in 2011 by completing almost 334,000 abortions in their 800 plus facilities located throughout the USA. PPFA claims that this procedure only amounts to about 3% of their business model yet it represents approximately one-third of all abortions reported today in the USA. If one looks at reported abortions from 1973 to 2011, there were 54 million plus abortions performed in the USA which works out to be approximately 1.4 million abortions per year. In the most recent years of 2009-2011, that average stands around 1.2 million annually across the nation. The highest number of abortions was reported in the 1990 year when over 1.6 million abortions were logged. In case you have not yet made the calculation, a child is aborted in the USA on average every 26 seconds which ticks by on the clock.
Over 70% of the women having abortions claim that a child will interfere with their life in terms of work, relationships, etc. Over 70% also say that they cannot afford a child financially. Only 2% of those polled indicate that the abortion they are seeking is a result of either rape or incest related sexual contact. Obviously, the service of abortion if focused on “unwanted pregnancy” rather than children conceived under some criminal intent. One must also remember that the reporting of abortions is strictly voluntary as there are no requirements or laws requiring entities to report such numbers. Over 91% of the women consulting Planned Parenthood about a child birth receive an abortion. Just over 8% received prenatal services and only two-tenths of one percent of those contacted is referred for adoption. Contrast those numbers against the fact that approximately one of every three dollars that PPFA spends comes from taxpayer revenue through the federal government. PPFA has an annual budget of just over $1 billion dollars per year thus taxpayers are ponying up something over $300 million dollars a year to support the operation. Still, the federal government claims that no taxpayer dollars are handed out for abortion.
One does not have to dig too deeply to find that abortion numbers are heavily driven by race in the USA. Abortion rates per 1,000 women in the age group 15 to 44 of black ethnicity runs twice that of the combined numbers of Caucasian women and other ethnicities. In Washington DC, that rate per 1,000 of occurrence has been as high as 68 in 2000 and still stood at 50 per 1,000 in 2005. If Planned Parenthood had any focus or interest, this sector of our population alone offers the opportunity to reduce abortion rate per year by as much as half if effective programs could be implemented to educate and hopefully reduce pregnancy rates. Planned Parenthood takes in about $100 million dollars per year in revenue from abortions…you figure out what such a reduction might do to their budget.
If we look at the states in which the occurrence rate of abortion is the highest, there are some telling indications. Based on figures from the year 2000, the top ten states based on abortion rate occurrence per 1000 women in age groups 15-44 were: Washington DC (68.2), New York (39.1), New Jersey (36.3), Nevada (32.4), Florida (32.0), Delaware (31.3), California (31.2), Maryland (29.0), Oregon (23.6), and Illinois (23.2). By 2005, if we look at the new figures, we find: Washington D.C. (50.0), New York (37.7), New Jersey (34.5), Maryland (31.3), Delaware (29.2), Nevada (27.7), California (26.9), Florida (26.7), Connecticut (23.8), and Rhode Island (23.3). For the most part the players did not change much over a five year period except for a bit of jockeying at the lower end and in the middle. Ultimately, the bulk of the problem was still in the same region of the country.
If we move to 2008 and look at the rate of teen abortions per 1,000 teens in the age group 15-19, we can see that in some areas this is a big driver of the total number. The top ten states as of 2008 figures are: New York (59), New Jersey (55), Connecticut (53), Washington D.C. (47), Delaware (46), Massachusetts (46), Hawaii (41), Maryland (40), Rhode Island (40), and California (39). Here again, many of the same regions of the country show up as problematic in terms of abortion rates. Based on the rate in teens one might conclude that states like New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., California, and Rhode Island are holding their high positions due more to teen pregnancies than any other factor.
Here again, we have a focus which Planned Parenthood could be working on if they were truly interested in reducing abortion rates in the country. Statistically, it does not appear that PPFA works very hard to promote anything but abortion considering that their rate for adoption referral is almost nil among those who consult with the agency for help with their unexpected pregnancy. Could it be that abortion is far more lucrative for the operation than prenatal education or adoption referral? It is something to think about, no doubt.
If indeed there is so much support in this nation for “a woman’s right to choose”, then why does the federal government have to pick up one third of the annual operating expenses of the organization providing abortion services to those exercising that right? Normally, when something is highly popular with the public there is a vast outpouring of support and donations which provide more than enough funds to function without coming to the taxpayer for assistance. What determines how much the federal government is going to throw in each year for this operation? Our elected officials claim that the money does not go directly for the support of abortions but when only 8% of the women seeking assistance from PPFA get prenatal care and less than 1% get adoption referral, what do the other 90+% get out of their contact….an abortion perhaps? The numbers just do not make the case for what our elected ones claim about the use of our money.
For whatever reasons, Planned Parenthood seems to have become the official voice and source of abortion in America supported in part by American tax dollars. President Obama called on God to “bless the organization”…bless an organization that deprives an unborn child the right to life. If this organization is doing so much good then where is the evidence of their presence except on the rate of abortion in this country? What is the impact of this organization’s work in the black community in terms of reducing unwanted pregnancy and lowering abortion rates among blacks? We do not seem to get those numbers presented to us so quickly.
No doubt, abortion is a controversial subject in America. The liberal left justifies the concept based on the “rights of a woman” to choose. The conservative right tends to lean toward a more religion based stance rooted in the “right to life” and the argument as to when life begins for a fetus. Attempting to find common ground on that battlefield is about like justifying what the price of eggs in China has to do with the price of gasoline in the USA. At the same time, President Obama has stated that the value of passing his gun control measures will be worth it if the life of only one child is saved. He can say that while asking God to bless Planned Parenthood knowing that this organization snuffs out the life of thousands of unborn children each year and makes money in the process.
Every year, our elected officials willingly hand over $300 to $400 million dollars of taxpayer revenue to Planned Parenthood for its on-going operations just as if it were an arm of the federal government. There is no demand in place to lower abortion rates, to raise educational awareness, to push full-term pregnancy and complete the adoption process. There is no real measure of performance here, just our dollars being handed out to end unborn children’s lives at one of over 800 PPF locations throughout the nation. Why do we as a people allow that to happen?
Ignorance, lack of awareness, and even sheer stupidity will always be at the root of unwanted pregnancy in this country and in the world for that matter. Each year, worldwide, there are over 45 million abortions performed thus the USA is hardly leading the pack with its annual rate of 1.2 million procedures on average. Still, the numbers indicate that, if we drill down, more could be done to reduce the unwanted pregnancy rates and thereby reduce the need for abortion in the aftermath. Is that not what our tax dollars should be going for in this country? I, for one, think it should be.
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