Planned Parenthood Merger about Money, Not Healthcare

May 19, 2016 11:24 AM

Washington, DC —As of May 1, 2016, Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan and Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan have joined together to become Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

Planned Parenthood’s announcement of this development seems to make it into a positive step forward for women’s health in Michigan. However, a quick review of Stop Planned Parenthood International’s (STOPP) 2015 report on Planned Parenthood CEOs shows that it is simply business as usual.

Planned Parenthood has worked for decades to merge smaller affiliates into larger ones to save costs and make implementing PPFA directives easier. STOPP director Jim Sedlak stated,

Despite Planned Parenthood’s efforts to put a positive spin on this merger, a look at the actual financial numbers shows the real reason. These were two affiliates bleeding money and the Planned Parenthood Federation put them together to cut overhead costs and see if they can become profitable. The reasons behind this merger are a great endorsement for the anti-Planned Parenthood forces in Michigan. Their continued efforts will be rewarded by the closing of many PP centers in the state.

The STOPP report shows that PPMSM had an annual income at that time of $15.7 million. PPWNW’s annual income was just $4.9 million. The combined income of the new affiliate will be approximately $20.6 million. That would rank the new Planned Parenthood of Michigan at 17th of the remaining 58 affiliates in Planned Parenthood’s Federation.

More importantly, according to the affiliate’s own financial reports, PPMSM lost a combined total of $1.7 million in 2013 and 2014, while PPWNW lost $800,000 in the same two years.

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