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A "Profitable" Non-Profit Organization

Planned Parenthood operates as a "non-profit" organization, but consistently takes in more revenues than it spends. Nationally, Planned ParenthoodFederation of America's 2005-06 Annual Report showed a profit (income in excess of expenditures) at $55.8. The same report indicated that net assets for PPFA grew by $55.7 million in one year!

For 2004, Michigan's P.P. affiliates reported a total of $1,217,790 in profit, accounting for 6.3% of their total $19,253,584 in revenues.

In August 1999, P.P. of East Central Michigan posted a job vacancy for a "Clinician and Director" at the Shiawassee Planned Parenthood office. The job description included the following: "Major Responsibilities: Management. Direct the operations of the Shiawassee clinic so that services meet the objectives for patient services, and for financial net gain." (Emphasis added)

The president/CEO of the Mid-Michigan P. P. affiliate received a salary of $120,001, plus $19,124 in benefits in 2006, for a 37.5 hour work week. The West Michigan P.P. affiliate president received a salary of $145,080 plus $18,219 in benefits and deferred compensation for a 35 hour work week. West Michigan pays 3 vice-presidents another $288,039 in compensation for 35 hour work weeks in 2006.

Tax-subsidized Lobbying & Litigation

According to 2005 tax forms, P.P.'s six Michigan affiliates spent over $280,266 on lobbying activities.  Throughout the U.S., Planned Parenthood affiliates spent $45.2 million on public policy lobbying efforts in during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006.

P.P. actively lobbied against Michigan legislation passed in 1999 requiring abortion clinics to meet health licensing standards, even though P.P.'s three abortion clinics already meet those standards and are licensed. One of their grassroots lobbying communications called these regulations "a blatant attempt to force physicians to stop providing abortions." No where did the information indicate that P.P. already meets these standards and would not be affected by the legislation.

P.P. has repeatedly turned to litigation to thwart laws they could not stop through their political lobbying efforts. P.P.'s failed efforts have cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, consistently spearheading or joining in unsuccessful challenges to laws banning Medicaid funded abortion, parental consent and informed consent for abortion.

P.P. "Services" - Death & Deception

In 2007, Planned Parenthood Federation of America released its 2005-06 Annual Report. The report notes that in 2005, Planned Parenthood performed 264,943 abortions, making them America's #1 abortion provider. While the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood has increased from previous years, the number of adoption referrals regularly decreases. In 2004, only 1,414 women were referred for adoption from Planned Parenthood's 860 centers. That means there was only 1 adoption referral for every 180 abortions at Planned Parenthood.

P.P. provides "free legal assistance" to minors seeking an abortion who want to keep their abortion a secret from their parents by accessing the courts for a waiver from the parental consent law. A P.P. brochure says: "It would be a good idea to get in touch with someone from Planned Parenthood before you file your petition. They might be able to tell which judge would be most likely to help you."

P.P. actively supports trials of new chemical abortion methods. Thus government funds are subsidizing research efforts to provide new ways of destroying unborn children.

Some P.P. affiliates offer loans to women in order to fund their abortions, with taxpayers thereby becoming a financing mechanism for abortion.

Taxpayers Sustain Planned Parenthood

Providing basic summary data on government dollars going Michigan Planned Parenthood affiliate is difficult due to inconsistencies in reporting and improper or failed reporting. Not all of the affiliates properly list the amounts of grants and contracts, nor do they provide appropriate breakdowns of government reimbursed services like Medicaid. Additionally, some government agencies were slow or reluctant in providing information requested on grants or contracts to P.P. Some required that a Freedom of Information Act request be submitted before they would release the financial information

Planned Parenthood Federation of America 2005-2006 annual report notes that government grants and contracts made up $305.3 million of Planned Parenthood's $846.7 million in revenue. More than 1/3 of Planned Parenthood's revenue comes from tax dollars.

For Michigan P.P. affiliates that reported in 1998, government grants made up 20.7% to 46.8% of their total revenues, again not including reimbursements from some government programs for services provided.

For fiscal year 1999-2000, P.P. affiliates received nearly $2.8 million directly from the state of Michigan to run family planning programs. This does not include many other government contracts or revenues. For example, Kent County subcontracts its family planning to P.P. in the amount of $929,517.

Several counties further subsidize P.P. operations by allowing them to rent space within county health buildings at reduced rates. Some county clerks refer engaged couples seeking a marriage license to P.P. for the state-required counseling on AIDS. P.P. charges approximately $20 per person and pockets all the revenues. (Recently passed legislation will eliminate this requirement.)

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