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Planned Parenthood reports: abortions up, adoptions down, business is good

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United State’s largest single abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has released their 2008-2009 Annual Report, but have omitted to say how many abortions were performed, adoptions referred, or prenatal clients seen by its affiliates for that period.

However, a factsheet released by PPFA in September indicates that in 2008 the number of abortions increased from the previous year to 324,008. In contrast, the number of prenatal clients was 9,433, while the number of adoption referrals to other agencies was 2,405.

The data shows an upswing in the abortion business for Planned Parenthood, and a dramatic decline - approximately half - in its already small adoption business. In 2007, the number of abortions stood at 305,310, while the number of adoptions was 4,912. PPFA also had close to 1500 more prenatal clients (10,914) in 2007. While PPFA has expanded the number of abortions it performs each year, it is a source of speculation whether the deepening economic recession in 2009 may have accelerated PPFA’s upswing in abortions.

The PPFA report stated that group received $363 million in government grants and contracts, although it did not specify how much of that money came from the federal government. 

The report also stated that its affiliates have delved into more than 80 research projects, including “advances in abortion service delivery.”

It added that several of their affiliates upgraded video surveillance, made possible by PPFA security grants during 2008-09, that allows clinic staff to observe pro-life activities at the clinic, when they are on-site or off-site.

The report also shows PPFA’s main priorities for 2008-2009, which were including “comprehensive reproductive health care as part of health care reform”, preventing doctors, nurses, and pharmacists opposed in conscience to abortion and contraception from denying these services to potential clients, and to “increase government funding for family planning programs”.

However, the report shows that Planned Parenthood has been busy using its funds to promote abortion in third world countries. The report says that Planned Parenthood trained Kenyan activists in a campaign “to increase public support for decriminalizing abortion.” It further states that in “Latin America and the Caribbean, we offered training for health center security and tracking groups hostile to women’s health and family planning.”

The group says that in northern Nigeria, they finally persuaded “a large religious organization to introduce basic reproductive health care through its more than 100 health centers”. It adds that 60 of these centers now offer birth control and refer women for abortion.

The latest PPFA report is also likely to fuel more fire for the House of Representatives to defund PPFA of its share in Title X grant money which totaled approximately $317 million last year, and was slated to increase $10 million this year. Those new appropriations have stalled in the US Senate, which is no longer considering the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in which they were included.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will be chairing the House Energy and Commerce committee’s subcommittee on health, which is likely to be the vehicle for cutting off funds to the abortion provider. Pence is author of the ‘Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act’, which would prohibit family planning organizations that perform abortions from receiving Title X, and the legislation is expected to be on the agenda when the Republicans take over the House in January.

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