Friday, February 10, 2012

The Abortion Rate Among Planned Parenthood's Clients: 7X the National Average



A recap of what Jennie so eloquently puts forth:

The number of abortions in America has remained stable for over a decade, but since 1996, Planned Parenthood's abortion numbers have gone up every year since 1996. Their 2009 Annual Report and 2011 Fact Sheets are the source of the numbers Jennie uses.

Planned Parenthood does over 27% of all abortions in the United States.

In 2009, they provided 10 million services to 3 million clients. Just over 332,000 of those services were abortions, which is where they get their 3% number. (300,000 abortions out of 10 million services)

But 332,000 abortions for 3,000,000 clients means that 11% of their clients were getting abortions. (You don't have to take Jennie's word for it. This Planned Parenthood fact sheet notes that the percentage of Planned Parenthood clients who receive abortion services is 11%.)

And that's a percent of their clients, I'd add, which includes men.

Now I'm going to let Jennie go her way and I'll go mine.

The Centers for Disease Control, which tracks abortion statistics among other things, notes that the abortion rate in the United States is 16 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age, or 1.6%.

Let's just assume that Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific is typical, and that 95% of their clients are female female, for 2.85 million women per year. The abortion rate among Planned Parenthood's clients is 11.6%, or 116 per 1,000.

That means that the abortion rate among Planned Parenthood clients is over seven times higher than the abortion rate nationwide.

That makes it kind of hard for them to claim that their ten million services prevented any abortions.

2 comments:

Kathy said...

I'm curious what "prenatal services" PP offers, and if any of these "services" are for repeat clients -- in other words, if these ~30,000 "prenatal service" were to the same women (like PP counts each pack of birth control as a single service), thus skewing the abortion/prenatal/adoption percentage even further; or if they were all unique. I looked on the PP website to try to get a definition of "prenatal services" and what they may entail, but came up with nothing much. They phrased it in terms of "what you can expect at a doctor's office", rather than, "here's what we provide for you". I'm wondering if the 30,000 "prenatal services" were a bottle of prenatal vitamins and a referral to an OB/GYN, or what.

Christina Dunigan said...

The "prenatal services" probably didn't even include the bottle of vitamins. The vitamins would be a separate service.