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Planned Parenthood: A Decade of Cornering the Market and Killing the Competition

Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently issued its annual report for 2018-2019. Decked out with full-color photos of active and happy young people, its booklet format is designed to make it easy for hip urban professionals to share on iPads over salted caramel lattes. “Care, no matter what,” Planned Parenthood’s soothing mantra proclaims. But its attractive packaging belies the facts and figures that document the steady march of America’s biggest abortionist toward cornering the market for abortion and eliminating its competition. The start of a new year, ushering in a new decade, offers a point of reflection to look back and ask, “In a decade of controversy over public funding, the quality of patient services, and declining demand for abortion, how has it been for Planned Parenthood?”

Counterintuitively, it was a very good decade for the abortion giant, if gross income is your yardstick, or the number of abortions committed. If real patient care is your measure, you’d have to say it was abysmal. In terms of abortion, Planned Parenthood started out small potatoes in 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was decided, with its affiliates doing only 4,988, or .67 percent of all U.S. abortions. By 2010, however, Planned Parenthood had grabbed nearly 1/3 of the market for abortion, as its affiliates did 329,445 abortions of the reported 1.1 million U.S. procedures. For decades, there has been no close second to Planned Parenthood in market share of abortions. Its most recent report reflects 345,672 abortions, an increase of 4.9% from 2010 – a decade in which abortion demand fell overall by at least 20%. In other words, during a period when demand for abortion has fallen precipitously, Planned Parenthood has managed to kill more and more infant lives.

And yet Planned Parenthood keeps raking it in. In 2019, reported total revenue was $1.64 billion, an increase of 56% over the decade. One wonders why, when over the same period, virtually every healthcare service Planned Parenthood offers fell hard and fast: breast cancer screening exams were down by 68% from 2009, prenatal services down by 75.8%, HPV vaccinations down by 63.7%, pap tests for cervical cancer down by 71%. Even Planned Parenthood’s self-professed raison d’etre, contraceptives, fell by 33.9%. If you were on the board of a healthcare institution that put these numbers up, you’d fire your CEO fast.

Oh wait – Planned Parenthood did fire its CEO last year – but for pushing too hard for real patient healthcare services and not hard enough for abortion on demand.