Planned Parenthood released its annual report for the 2017-2018 fiscal year quietly over the weekend. The report revealed that the number of abortions the group did this past year increased by over 11,000 from 321,384 in 2016 to 332,757.
Another number that increased in their annual report was the amount of federal funding the nation’s largest abortion provider received. The group received $543.7 million in taxpayer funding in 2016 and that number increased by $20 million to $563.8 million in 2017-2018.
While the number of abortions and the amount of taxpayer dollars the abortion group received both increased, almost every other category of the group’s services went down.
The amount of contraception that the group provided continued to plummet from 2,701,866 in 2016 to 2,620,867 in this report.
Cancer screenings and prevention services also continued to go down from 660,777 in 2016 to 614,361.
The category of “Other Women’s Health Services” which includes pregnancy tests, prenatal services, and miscarriage care, decreased from 1,315,941 in 2016 to 1,302,460 in 2017-2018.
The abortion group’s reported number of patients held steady at 2.4 million, the same amount as in the 2015 and 2016 reports.
While the number of patients is the same, the organization’s excess of revenue over expenses continued its dramatic increase and more than doubled from $77.5 million in 2015 and $98.5 million in 2016 to a whopping $244.8 million in 2017.
This demonstrates that, contrary to the group’s narrative that their very existence is threatened by threats to their federal funding, they are doing extremely well financially.
The “Message From Our Leadership” section of the report continued the group’s narrative that they provide vital healthcare services, despite the evident decline of those services in the report itself.
They praised the group’s new president Dr. Leana Wen, writing, “we know her vision is in line with what the American people want: more health care, not less.”
“Planned Parenthood services — from birth control to cancer screenings to abortion — are standard medical care. Reproductive health care is health care,” Wen wrote.
The group touted their political advocacy and opposition to the Trump administration.
They claimed that in light of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, "a new U.S. Supreme Court also presents a grave threat to access to health care."
The report also featured information about their partnership with dating apps.
“The matchmaking app OkCupid created an #IStandWithPP Badge to appear on the profiles of users who support Planned Parenthood,” they wrote. “Over 400,000 users adopted the badge, users with the badge got four times more matches than those without, and OkCupid’s posts about the partnership earned their highest Instagram engagement to date.”
A notably absent element of the report was any mention of their sponsorship of the Women’s March which was prominently featured in the 2016-2017 report. While the abortion group did sponsor the march this past weekend, it was despite a controversy over anti-Semitism from the Women’s March leaders that caused previous partners, including the DNC and the SPLC, to remove their support.