Opponents of Planned Parenthood say that it’s primarily about abortion. This turns out to be *97% wrong.
WHAT DOES PLANNED PARENTHOOD DO?
2010 BREAKDOWN OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD SERVICES
Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases/infections: 38%
• STI tests, women and men: 3,552,955 patients
• Genital warts, women and men: 197 patients
• HIV tests, women and men: 574,901 patients
• Reversible contraception for women: 2,219,726 patients
• Emergency contraception kits: 1,461,816 patients
• Vasectomy patients: 3,290 patients
• Female sterilization procedures: 605 patients
Cancer screening and prevention: 14.5%
• Pap tests: 769,769 patients
• Breast exams, breast care: 747,607 patients
• Diagnosis of abnormal growth cells in the cervix: 41,549 patients
• Treatments for abnormal growths: 3,686 patients
Other women’s health services: 10.4%
• Pregnancy tests: 1,113,460 patients
• Prenatal services: 31,098 patients
Abortion services: *3%
• Patients: 329,445
Other health services: 0.6%
• Family practice services for women and men: 35,062 patients
• Adoption referrals to other agencies: 841 clients
• Other procedures for women and men, including WIC services—a federally funded nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and for children up to five years old—plus pediatric care and immunizations: 32,229 patients.
Planned Parenthood, or Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) today is focused on providing reproductive health care, sex education, counseling and information in its more than 800 health centers throughout the country.
In the U.S., PPFA is the largest single provider of reproductive health services. In 2014, PPFA reported seeing over 2.5 million patients in over 4 million clinical visits, performing a total of almost 9.5 million individual services. Seventy-nine percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients live on incomes of 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or less.
Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services in the United States. It receives over a third of its money in government grants and contracts. (Note: By law, federal funding cannot be allocated for abortions except in certain rare cases.) The other two-thirds comes from private contributors and operating revenue.
In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, Planned Parenthood reported that 59% of its revenue went to providing health services; non-medical services (sex education and public policy work) make up another 15%; management expenses, fundraising, and international family planning programs account for about 16%; 10% of the revenue in that fiscal year was not spent.
PPFA’S international outreach is performed by Planned Parenthood Global, a division of PPFA, and by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) which is based in London, and unites groups around the world.
For more information:
• womansissues.about.com - What does Planned Parenthood do?
• womenshistory.about.com - Planned Parenthood history, in brief
• en.wikipedia.org - Planned Parenthood facitilties, funding, spending, international presence
• en.wikipedia.org - Planned Parenthood worldwide