Tell It Like It IsFeb 06, 2009
Planned Parenthood opposes regulating abortion clinics as ambulatory surgery centers, despite the fact that they do invasive surgery. They argue that increasing safety will put clinics out of business:
So, what's the truth about Planned Parenthood?
In its 2006-2007 annual report, Planned Parenthood Federation of America showed total revenue equaling over $1 billion.
This includes clinic income, private donations, and tax dollars via government grants which, at $336.7 million, account for one-third of their income.
For the 21st year in a row, Planned Parenthood has turned a net profit, which at $114.8 million has doubled from its last report.
Since 2000, Planned Parenthood affiliates have received approximately $500,000 from Virginia taxpayers according to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
Can't they use some of this money for safety? Where does it all go?
In early 2008, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, their powerful political arm, announced its One Million Strong Campaign, a $10 million dollar effort to turn out voters in support of pro-choice candidates.
During this campaign, Planned Parenthood spent an enormous $319,050 towards candidates across the country (98% went to Democrats and 2% went to Republicans).4
Hard to keep your patients safe if you spend all your money on politics. One safety advocate summed it up very well: