Planned Parenthood locations, areas served sink to 40-year low
Washington, DC—-The latest survey of Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States shows the number of clinics and geographic areas served is the lowest number of clinics for Planned Parenthood since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. The data was released by American Life League's STOPP Planned Parenthood International, the nation's leading watchdog organization on Planned Parenthood.
"We do exhaustive research on Planned Parenthood every year," said Jim Sedlak, vice president at ALL, the nation's oldest Catholic pro-life group. "This marks the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and total affiliates. Meanwhile, taxpayer subsidies remain at record highs under the Obama administration."
The survey found that Planned Parenthood opened 13 new facilities in 2013 and closed 48. The closures took place in 16 different states. The number has fallen from a high of 938 locations in 1995 to 872 facilities in 2005 to 695 today. About half of the locations commit surgical or medical abortions.
ALL says that the closures are not due to any single specific law or financial bill, but are part of an ever-increasing dwindling of public support for Planned Parenthood. Rob Gasper, the ALL senior researcher who conducted the survey, believes other factors are also at work. In a recent commentary, Gasper wrote:
"A look at the numbers shows a major period of decline beginning in 2007 and an acceleration in that decline in 2009. Coincidentally, two major efforts began in those two years.
"First, in 2007, 40 Days for Life launched its first national prayer and fasting effort across more than 30 states. In 2009, American Life League started the Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary campaign."
Gasper continued, "The battle against Planned Parenthood is not just an earthly fight. The premise is simple. Ask for God's help. The unmeasurable God looks to be giving us a measurable answer!"
The complete 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood Facilities can be found here.
American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit https://www.all.org