PPFA received $363 million in government grants and contracts, annual report reveals.
What is missing? The number of abortions (and the meager number of adoption referrals and prenatal clients), customary in prior years, is conspicuously absent. Perhaps that's because, as we reported back in September, PPFA's Factsheets revealed that abortions had jumped a whopping 6% to 324,008 while the number of adoption referrals had dropped by more than 10%. We don't have reliable national count yet for 2008, but considered as a percentage of the latest national annual abortion figure the Guttmacher Institute reported for 2005, this would make Planned Parenthood responsible for 26.8% of all abortions performed in the U.S. This easily cements its place as America's top abortion chain. [See pie charts below.]
We see that PPFA was energized by the results of the November 2008 elections. According to the annual report, "With the election of President Barack Obama, a self-described pro-choice President, Planned Parenthood launched reinvigorated advocacy campaigns for ambitious policies" to "achieve affordable, quality, comprehensive reproductive health care as part of health care reform"; "expand access to reproductive health care through Medicaid in advance of health care reform"; "increase government funding for family planning programs"; and [my description] stifle the conscience right of health care workers who oppose (among other things) abortion.
We also see the determination with which PPFA seeks to massively expand abortion internationally, particularly in countries that have protective laws.
In the annual report we read (to pick just four examples):
(1) "In Kenya, we worked with advocates who developed a grassroots campaign to increase public support for decriminalizing abortion." [For what that really means, see www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/Oct10/nv100410part3.html.]
(2) "Latin America and the Caribbean, we offered training for health center security and tracking groups hostile to women's health and family planning."
(3) "In northern Nigeria, we overcame the reluctance of a large religious organization to introduce basic reproductive health care through its more than 100 health centers. Now, more than 60 of those centers offer birth control and refer women to private medical providers if they need a safe abortion."
(4) "We worked with the Obama administration to protect women's health and promote sexual and reproductive rights around the world, including overturning the global gag rule [Mexico City Policy] and restoring U.S. reproductive health and safe motherhood funding to the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]."
There's much more that you can read at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/ PPFA_Annual_Report_08-09-FINAL-1210-10.pdf, so let's finish up with two other salient points.
First, under the category "Agents," the report lists Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who received PPFA's Margaret Sanger Award (named after its founder). You may remember that under persistent questioning from pro-life Rep.
Chris Smith Clinton finally admitted the truth about abortion and "reproductive health."
"We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women's health," Clinton told Smith. "And reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare" [www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/April09/nv042309.html].
Second, PPFA's power within pro-abortion circles grows and grows. After a series of recent mergers and disaffiliations, the group now has 95 affiliates.
The group is said to have had more than double that number in 1979 (see NRL News, March 2008). Many of the larger, more profitable affiliates have gobbled up the smaller ones as the organization becomes leaner and quite literally, as the record number of abortions shows, meaner. (See story on page 13 for more on Planned Parenthood's explosive growth.)
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2011|
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