The case just got stronger for defunding Planned Parenthood. A new meta-study, conducted by ALL’s Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP) project, concludes, “Three primary rationales used for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood—-women’s wellness, reduction of teen pregnancy, and serving the poor—-are invalid.”
For years, conservatives and pro-life groups have fought the riptide of public tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood. American Life League’s new report, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: A 5-Part Analysis of Business Practices, Community Outcomes, and Taxpayer Funding, shows that the total healthcare services delivered by Planned Parenthood has reached its lowest point since 2006, while taxpayer funding has increased 78 percent over the past six years. The report was released September 23.
“Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood reached a record of $542 million last year, almost half its $1 billion-plus budget,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president at ALL. “Yet, the number of female contraceptive clients is down 18 percent since 2006 and cancer screenings fell 29 percent over the last two years. Every delivery area is down, except one—-abortions.”
Included in the study is a first of its kind longitudinal analysis of the impact of Planned Parenthood’s community presence on teen pregnancy rates. STOPP researchers analyzed the teen pregnancy rate in 16 counties of the Texas Panhandle where, over an 11-year period, closures of Planned Parenthood facilities were ongoing in the face of strong community opposition to the abortion giant’s presence. Researchers found that, as Planned Parenthood left the communities, overall teen pregnancy rates declined, while the female teen population remained stable. Two years after the closure of the last of the 19 Planned Parenthood facilities in the Texas Panhandle, the teen pregnancy rate was lower than it has been since records have been kept in Potter and Randall counties, where the business of Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle was headquartered.
Additionally, Judie Brown, president of American Life League, pointed out that, “The PPFA Executive Compensation section of the American Life League study shows that the CEO compensation of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 74 affiliates averages $165,732 per executive, or roughly three times the national household income,” indicating that Planned Parenthood executives are engaged in a self-enrichment scheme at the expense of taxpayers.
“The American Life League meta-study heaps scores of evidence upon stacks of already accumulated evidence that shows the folly of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” said Rita Diller, one of five authors who produced the report. “The abortion giant’s taxpayer income has increased 76 percent over the past six years, yet its ‘healthcare services’ plummet as it concentrates on its ever-increasing abortion business. It is time to totally and permanently defund the abortion giant.”
The full report can be viewed at: http://www.stopp.org/PPFAReports/PPFA_2013_Report.pdf.
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