Planned Parenthood continues to increase its haul of taxpayer dollars despite its chain of clinics experiencing steep declines in patients and non-abortion services while abortions remained stable.
Cancer screenings have plummeted by 50 percent over the past five years, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2015-2016 report. The 665,234 services performed at its 650 clinics represented a 50 percent drop from 1.3 million recorded in 2011-2012. Contraceptive services were also down from 3.4 million to 2.8 million over that time. The number of patients treated at Planned Parenthood also fell from “approximately three million” five years ago to 2.4 million in the most recent report.
Abortion services remained steady on the year, as Planned Parenthood continues to supply about 30 percent of the nation’s one million annual abortions. The organization performed 328,348 abortions, a slight dip from the 333,964 performed in 2011-2012.
Despite declines in service, Planned Parenthood continued to increase its haul from taxpayers. Its affiliates received $554.6 million from government health services and grants, which made up 41 percent if its revenue. That is a $12 million increase from the $542.4 million it took in in five years ago. The taxpayer funding has become a central issue for lawmakers who are considering legislation that would redirect government funding away from abortion clinics and direct them to women’s health centers that do not perform abortions. There are about 20 such health centers for every one Planned Parenthood nationwide.
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