Washington, DC----Responding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America's release of its facility and service numbers for 2012,* Rita Diller, national director of American Life League's STOPP International project, said that the new numbers "once again show a business in decline." She continued:
PPFA reported a substantial drop in its clinic numbers between December 2012 and December 2013. At the end of 2012, it had 750 centers, while it reports "more than 700" at the end of 2013. Its affiliate numbers are down as well, dropping from 73 to 69 over the last year. Affiliates are entities that operate Planned Parenthood centers within a set geographical area.
Planned Parenthood reported a 6.7 percent decrease worldwide in customers for its "sexual and reproductive healthcare and education." In the U.S., it reported seeing 10,000 fewer unduplicated customers than in 2011.
One of the most glaring numbers was the steep decline in prenatal services----a 31.97 percent decline from the prior year.
In addition, Planned Parenthood's highly touted cancer screening services dropped 14.22 percent from the 2011 numbers.
Even its abortion business showed a slight decline, reaching the lowest level in four years. PPFA reports that it committed 327,166 abortions for 2012----a 2.0 percent decrease from the year before.
Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International, said, "The one notable rise was in its contraception business, where it reports 3.7 million services as opposed to 3.4 million in 2011----an increase of 8.7 percent."
"However, our meta-analysis on Planned Parenthood released in 2013 indicated that Planned Parenthood may be inflating its numbers in contraceptive clients served," added Sedlak. "In addition, this service number includes an increase in sales of so-called Emergency Contraceptive kits whose effectiveness has come into question in the last few weeks."
Sedlak concluded: "Planned Parenthood continues to demonstrate by its numbers that it is being rejected by the American public and becoming ever more dependent upon tax-dollar subsidies. It is truly time for all taxpayer funding to be removed from Planned Parenthood."
* The numbers reflect "patient care provided by Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers from 10/01/11 - 9/20/12."
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