Planned Parenthood says that it is “America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care.” It claims to provide a wide range of safe health care options for women including offering contraception, reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood states that caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to speak with clients about their health concerns. But what does Planned Parenthood actually do?
Primary Care Services
Only a mere handful of Planned Parenthood clinics actually provide primary care services. According to Planned Parenthood’s own statistics, 0.37% of its customers received family practice services (primary care) in 2012. Moreover, unless a woman is getting an abortion, most never see a physician.
Planned Parenthood’s reported adoption referrals has been at a ratio of 1 adoption referral to 201 abortions performed. From 2009 to 2013, Planned Parenthood has cut its prenatal services by more than 50%. According to analysis by Americans United for Life, Planned Parenthood has decreased its prenatal services/ clients by an estimated 70% under Cecile Richards’ leadership. In 2013, abortions accounted for over 98% of Planned Parenthood’s”pregnancy-related services” (defined to include abortion, adoption referrals, and prenatal services).
Planned Parenthood brags about how it reduces the spread of STIs and unintended pregnancies by offering free contraception. What many don’t know, however, is that these free condoms offered by Planned Parenthood received poor ratings from Consumer Reports in 2005.
Planned Parenthood also fails to explain to its clients that contraceptives work, at least some of the time, by killing a new human being.
Planned Parenthood and its supports have long claimed to provide mammograms. In her September 29, 2015 Congressional testimony, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards clearly stated that none of its affiliates, in fact, offer mammograms or have mammogram machines in its clinics.
Indeed, under Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening, including breast cancer screenings have been cut by more than 50%, from over 2 million in 2006 to approximately 935,000 in 2013.
So What Does Planned Parenthood Do?
Instead of being focused on providing health care to women, Planned Parenthood has strategically sought to increase the number of abortions it performs. From 2005 to 2011, Planned Parenthood has gone from performing one out of every five abortions in the U.S. in a year to nearly one out of every three abortions. Planned Parenthood performs nearly 900 abortions every single day in our country.
Planned Parenthood is not a health care organization.