Planned Parenthood's Abortion Agenda

For many, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a trusted name in affordable reproductive health care. PPFA would like to keep that standing for the approximately 700 centers they operate. They would also like to remain the largest abortion provider in the United States. To reach both goals, PPFA must distort the truth and provide misleading information to women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood began in 1916 with one birth control clinic opened by Margaret Sanger. Now, Planned Parenthood offers international services, encouraging the use of abortion to solve “health” and “social problems” in America and third-world countries.

Planned Parenthood’s slogan and mission is that “every child should be a wanted child.” Right to Life of Michigan also agrees every child should be wanted and loved. In fact, every child could be wanted and loved. Families in the United States are waiting to adopt.

A profitable non-profit organization

For years, people have been frustrated by the fact that their tax dollars go to abortion-promoting organizations. The hundreds of millions of tax dollars for family planning programs Planned Parenthood receives are used to subsidize staff salaries and operational costs, allowing them to carry out their abortion advocacy.

Planned Parenthood operates as a non-profit organization, but consistently takes in more revenues than it spends. Nationally, PPFA’s 2013-2014 Annual Report showed a profit (income in excess of expenditures) of $127.1 million. While raking in this profit, the abortion chain also received $528.4 million in taxpayer dollars, half of their billion-dollar revenue.

Despite this massive taxpayer support, Planned Parenthood is a highly political organization. During the 2012 election, Planned Parenthood spent $15 million on advertising and get-out-the-vote activities, according to the Washington Post on November 14, 2012.

PPFA and its affiliates lobby at both the state and federal level to block any legislative proposals regulating abortion. PPFA spent $33.6 million lobbying elected officials in 2013-2014, opposing legislation to put in place simple commonsense safeguards, including laws that would inform parents before their minor daughters obtain abortions as well as safety standards in abortion clinics to protect the women receiving services there.

Their actions and policies would indicate women’s health and safety are the least of their concerns. In 2012, a botched abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic resulted in the death of Tonya Reaves. In 2013, abortionist Timothy Liveright surrendered his medical license after charges of sexual harassment and allowing “meat-market” conditions at his Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic.

The real plan behind Planned Parenthood

PPFA’s Vision for 2025 includes a number of goals, including access to reproductive and sexual health care for all. One of the ways Planned Parenthood worked to fulfill that goal was to require every one of their affiliates to operate an abortion clinic by 2013.

They talk about “choice,” but one choice that isn’t addressed is the option of adoption. PPFA does not provide any true assistance regarding adoption. In 1997, PPFA referred 9,381 women to other agencies for adoption assistance. By 2013, that number dropped to 1,880 women. While adoption referrals at PPFA centers have declined, their taxpayer funding and the number of abortions they have performed has increased. During 1997, 165,174 abortions were performed; however, by 2013 their abortion business had performed 327,653 abortions.

Further reading

Bad Choices, by Douglas R. Scott -- An in-depth look at Planned Parenthood's goals, strategy and organization.

Blessed are the Barren, by Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan -- This book recounts the social policy of Planned Parenthood and the organization's history.

Grand Illusions, by George Grant -- An overview of Planned Parenthood's legacy and effect on society from a religious perspective.

Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy, by Angela Franks -- This work addresses Sanger’s ideas concerning birth control, eugenics, population control, and sterilization against the backdrop of the larger eugenic context.

Unplanned, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

-- The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line. 

Planned Parenthood sells baby parts

The prolife group Center for Medical Progress has released multiple undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's practices of selling the tissue and organs of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood knows that these babies aren’t just clumps of cells, but rather treats them as resources to exploit.

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Educational Presentation

What Lies Beneath PowerPoint

What Lies Beneath is a free PowerPoint presentation on Planned Parenthood for use in churches and group settings. The presentation comes with a presenter's script for a seamless presentation.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America by the numbers
  • 327,653 abortions performed in 2013, up from 165,174 in 1997. Planned Parenthood performs approximately 1 in 3 abortions in the United States.

  • 1,880 adoption referrals in 2013, down from 9,381 in 1997.

  • Commits approximately 174 abortions for every adoption referral.

  • Received more than $528 million from taxpayers in 2013-2014.

  • Made a profit of $127.1 million in 2013-2014.

Flyers and handouts

These resources are available at the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Resource Centers.

Providing and Promoting Abortion
A flyer providing an overview of Planned Parenthood, available for download and copying
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Pink Ribbons Connect Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood
A flyer which discusses the connections between Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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Girl Scouts and Abortion
A flyer which discusses the connections between the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and abortion, including Planned Parenthood.
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Abortion Clinic Complaint
A brochure-sized card with information about laws that abortion clinics are required to follow and instructions on how to file a complaint. It can be ordered from our Educational Resource Centers. For the same information on our website, click here.

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