Planned Parenthood Foundation of America is nonprofit agency headquartered in New York City. Essentially a management group, it coordinates the funds, policies, and guidelines of affiliate clinics and education centers throughout the USA and other regions of the world—it does not directly operate any of the facilities under the brand name.
As with many other nonprofits, PPFA’s executives do rather well. A June 2015 report published by American Life League indicates that the top twelve executives of PPFA earned over $4 million dollars collectively in 2014, with the average annual compensation coming in at $345,338. Vice presidents at the low end of the scale earned almost $248K per year and, at the high end, CEO Cecile Richards received over $590K (incidentally, a whopping 40% increase over her compensation for 2011). CEOs in affiliate operations earned an average of $186K annually, with 37% earning over $200K and 8% over $300K. In 2013, PPFA CEOs raked in $11 million in compensation.
With this kind of robust executive compensation, one might expect PPFA to be thriving (and possibly some executives driving Lamborghinis), but that would be incorrect. According to the Family Research Council, in 2015 PPFA had “671 facilities in the U.S. and 62 regional affiliates, down by 146 facilities and 34 regional affiliates since 2009. At its height in 1995, there were 938 Planned Parenthood facilities,“ and in 1983, there were 190 PPFA affiliates.
Despite this fiscal mismanagement and decline in services, (by the way, contrary to Obama’s assertions, PPFA does not offer free mammograms), PPFA continues to lobby aggressively for continued government funding, which it usually gets. This is particularly ludicrous considering that in 2013 alone, PPFA affiliates brought in $1,066,438,338. Yep. That is ONE BILLION, SIXTY-SIX MILLION and change. And still, over time, we the taxpayers have subsidized this evil enterprise to the tune of $4.8 billion. That’s it—you read it right, over FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. With all this money being funneled into the coffers, one might also expect service expansion, but again (notice the trend here), one would be mistaken:
- Cancer screenings have dropped 17% over a one-year period (down 39% overall since 1979)
- Adoption referrals have dropped 14%
- Prenatal care services have dropped 4%, as have contraceptive services
The only service that saw an increase was abortion: 327,653 abortions were performed in fiscal 2014, up from 327,166 the prior year. (Statistics worthy of noting: 94% of PPFA’s revenue comes from abortions. These abortion figures do not include PPFA’s distribution of 1.5 million emergency contraception kits, better known as abortifacients, i.e., pills that prevent pregnancy after possible fertilization. Ask yourself—if that much of the revenue stream comes from abortion, then how could the taxpayer funding not be involved in abortion?
In fiscal year 2013-14, PPFA logged a cumulative profit of 1.28 Billion dollars—with $528M of that coming from government funding, contracts and grants. So, 46% of their total revenue came out of your pocket. PPFA is a 501 (c)3 organization, meaning it meets the criteria to be considered a public charity: its mission has been deemed either charitable, religious, scientific or educational and it is supported by funders, donors, and the general public. In exchange for its tax-exempt status, PPFA is prohibited from political activism. Still, this seems a small trade-off for an enterprise that is increasingly at odds with the mores of the general public, not to mention engaged in illegal activities (selling fetal body parts). What I would like to know is how the IRS squares their treatment of the PPFA (turning a blind eye to their questionable political tactics and the clearly illegal practice of both harvesting fetal parts and changing the medical procedure to obtain them) and harassing or denying charitable status to conservative organizations who did nothing wrong.
Assuming that Congress does its job in watching the purse strings, it would appear there are a lot of questions that PPFA needs to answer, chief among them why it is engaged in the illegal sale of fetal organs and tissue. And, if Congress is smart, the focus will not be on that aspect alone but more in line with the total accountability of the organization. Strictly from a business perspective, why should additional funding be lavished on a business model that is a failure? Where’s the accountability? And finally, here’s my real gripe: the Hyde Amendment prohibits using federal funds for abortion except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. The amendment is voted on every year and incorporated into the federal budget, even President Obama’s 2016 proposed budget. Seventeen of the more liberal states in the Union fund abortion through Medicaid, and the last I checked, Medicaid is still governmental funding. It remains to be seen if the latest scandal and public revulsion will convince Congress to pull the plug on PPFA. That would require the courage to “do the right thing,” and our Congress is a bit short on that lately.
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