While many Americans were getting back into the swing of work, school, and daily life after the holiday break, abortion giant Planned Parenthood quietly released its 2016-2017 annual report. This latest report reveals that abortion continues to be a big business for the mega-provider, as taxpayer funding rises and non-abortion services continue their downward trend.

While Planned Parenthood and their allies continue to claim that American women rely on them for life-saving health care services, many of their non-abortion services have consistently trended down. The downward trend is even more apparent when the current numbers are compared to those prior to 2006, when Cecile Richards took over the leadership of Planned Parenthood.

Since that time, AUL’s legal team has observed a number of key trends in Planned Parenthood’s abortion-centric business model, previously detailed in our publication “Abortion, Inc.”

These trends continued once again in the 2016-2017 report, and include:


  • Overall, abortion numbers have increased 13% since 2006.
  • The data showed that abortion totals were 321,384 which is slightly down from last year’s 328,348.
  • When combining all pregnancy services (abortions, prenatal care, miscarriage services, and adoption referrals) abortions accounted for 96% of services to pregnant women.
  • Adoption referrals made up roughly 1% of pregnancy services.
  • Prenatal services dropped 18% from last year, and are down 81% from 2009 when Planned Parenthood began reporting this specific category
  • The newest category, “miscarriage services” fell by 43% from last year.
  • Abortion patients made up 13.4% of Planned Parenthood’s patient total for 2016-2017.


  • Cancer screening and prevention services have fallen 67% since 2006.
  • This includes a 60% decrease in the number of breast exams performed since 2006.
  • Cancer screening and prevention services fell .7% since last year’s report.
  • HPV vaccinations, Colposcopy and Cryotherapy services all fell.
  • Contraceptive services decreased 4% from last year’s numbers.


  • Total number of patients remained stagnant at 2.4 million, a 22.5% total decrease from the number of patients seen in 2006.
  • Total services increased approximately half a percent over 2015-2016 numbers, but have fallen 6% overall since 2006.
  • Federal funding for Planned Parenthood has increased 78% since 2006, for a total of $543,700,000 in 2016-2017.
  • Planned Parenthood’s total revenues have increased 62% since 2006.
  • Planned Parenthood’s reported total excess of revenue over expenses (profit) for 2016-2017 was $98,500,000, which is a 27% increase from 2015-2016 totals.
  • Planned Parenthood’s profits have nearly doubled since 2006.

This data raises an important question: Why should taxpayers continue to fund an abortion business that is providing fewer and fewer other services to fewer and fewer patients, despite increases to their government funding?

This question is compounded by another important piece of data: Planned Parenthood clinics are outnumbered by community health centers 20 to 1, with more than 13,000 clinics nationwide that serve over 21 million men, women, and children.

When you combine the alarming statistics on Planned Parenthood’s declining non-abortion services with the sheer number of available alternative providers to serve low-income and medically underserved communities, diverting Planned Parenthood’s half a billion dollars in annual government funding to these comprehensive health clinics is clearly a more fiscally responsible use of our taxpayer dollars.

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Deanna Wallace
Staff Counsel