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DATA: 36.7% of Planned Parenthood’s 2008 “Health Center Income” is from Abortions


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Planned Parenthood likes to talk about how only 3% of their services are abortion.

A simple example of how they come to this calculation would be Planned Parenthood aborting 3 children and giving out 97 condoms. They would say that out of 100 services, 3 or 3% were abortion when in reality the significance and cost of the 3 abortions is much higher than 3% of their efforts.

Planned Parenthood’s accounting of 3% is misleading and not consistent with the rest of the business world. In college I interned at the airline manufacturer Boeing, which sells a lot of airplanes and also a lot of spare parts for those airplanes. For every airplane they sold for tens of millions of dollars, they also sold lots of spare parts for as little as 25 cents. By looking at TOTAL number of sales, you could conclude that 1% of their business was selling airplanes and 99% was spare parts, which is totally ridiculous. The reality was the value of the airplanes sales was close to 99% of their business and the spare parts 1%. Looking at the cost and effort of what is being offered is a much more accurate way to measure. Let’s apply this industry standard measure to Planned Parenthood:


All numbers are from the latest (2008) Planned Parenthood annual report:

  • Annual abortions performed at Planned Parenthood: 305,310
  • Average cost of abortion: $450 (This is based on what Planned Parenthood across the country has told Live Action staff, although it is slightly higher or lower depending on what part of the country it is.)
  • Total income from abortions: $137,389,500
  • Total health center income: $374,700,000

This means that fully 36.7% of Planned Parenthood health center income comes directly from aborting unborn children.

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This is a far cry from the 3% number that they try to dupe the public with.  Doesn’t it say something that even Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion chain in America, tries to downplay their role in ending the lives of unborn children? Someone feeling a little guilty?

  • Debbie

    David – Is there a PP Annual Report for 2009 yet?

  • No there is a not a 2009 report out yet…at least not on Planned Parenthood's website.

  • Alex Perrier

    It would be a great idea to mark write "Total *income* from abortions", rather than "total revenue". I was confused at first, because I thought two different numbers were compared.

  • I changed it Alex for clarity. Sorry I come from an accounting background.

    Revenue = total income but I understanding how using two terms can be confusing.

  • When I first heard the 3% figure, I knew Planned Parenthood was lying as usual. They count on pro-life grass roots supporters not reading their annual reports. As independent abortion providers close and some Planned Parenthood abortuaries close PP will build more abortuary supercenters (like the new one planned for St. Paul MN)to cut cost. Hiding their increasing market share as abortion rates fall by pushing the 3% figure is designed to keep the public (especially young adults) in their camp, down playing abortion with the veneer of "womens health", contraceptive and abortifacient chemicals to kill the unborn and the latest ploy a "green" Planned Parenthood concerned about the environment and BPA in baby bottles! No child no botttle!

  • David Schmidt


    Planned Parenthood just added up their total services performed. So giving out a condom is a service. So if they gave out 97 condoms and did 3 abortions, they would say 3% of their work is abortion.

  • Anthony


    Where did Planned Parenthood get their original three percent number from?

  • Anthony


    I took a quick look at the 2007-2008 report and another angle that might be of interest to you is the fact that Planned Parenthood affiliates received $349.6M in government grants and contracts. I would be curious to know if any of that money was earmarked for abortions under the Medical Services line item of their revenue report. If so, wouldn't that be interesting considering Obama and Congress took out a measure in the health care bill regarding paying for abortions in Medicaid.

  • jen

    I stumbled upon this while perusing the internet but just wanted to comment that the $450 is not universal for all the PP clinics. I know of a few that charge according to income and in some instances have waived the fee. I am an ER nurse, and I have heard about waived fees more than a few times and reduced prices often. Not sure if you saw this either, but PP is missing millions of dollars in government grants.

  • Laura

    I'm sure this will never see the light of day, but as a responsible young person I refuse to sit by while only part of the story is being told. The 3% number is not based on the number of condoms passed out,but on the number of patients seen. They provide about a million pap tests, hundreds of thousands of breast exams, and millions of STD tests. I cant afford a lot of doctors bills, so I go there. I know lots of girls that do, I believe them when they say 1 in 4 women will use PP sometime in their life. I would prefer not to die of breast or cervical cancer like my aunt did. Please do not shut down PP.

    • mf

      they do not provide breast exams  i called pp of Ma to ask they told me that no planned parenthood clinic offers mammograms they sometimes offer it though another organization .  they encourage sexual activity by providing condoms which are in reality only 1% effective in protecting against STDS and in perfect use only 15% effective in treating pregnancy  the offering of dental dams only encourages risky sexual behavior and std transmission READ unplanned by abbey Johnson

      • Wafwe

         1% effective?? what the hell are you talking about idiot. you mean it’s 99% effective and 1% chance of failing? WOW….

    • Emily

      Laura, I’m sorry about your aunt, and of course no one wants women not to have access to health care. But PP does not have some kind of monopoly on women’s health services. As a random example, the Planned Parenthood close to where I live will offer PAP smears for, I think, a standard fee of around $130. It’s probably adjustable depending on income, insurance, etc. but you can walk literally down the street to the pregnancy resource center, and they will give you one for free. I think you can make a donation for part of the cost, but if you need it free, it’s free. Plus, last I heard, that were actually using more up to date technology than Planned Parenthood was.

  • Jocelyn

    Laura, have you checked into your county health dept? Many county health depts offer these services and do no profit from directly killing children.

  • Cindy

    Thank you, Laura.

  • Janet

    Laura, I prefer for Planned Parenthood to STOP KILLING BABIES.

    There are several other places you can get your exams

    that do not kill babies.

    <<< I would prefer not to die of breast or cervical cancer like my aunt did

  • Mel4600

    Thanks for supplying facts. Factcheck just won’t produce these numbers.

  • Bonnieblue9

    To eliminate an entire program that provides desperately needed screenings, contraception and other services to low income women just because they also perform a service that someone’s RELIGION or PERSONAL BELIEF doesn’t agree with, well that right there should be unconstitutional and illegal.  If we allow PP to be defunded and disbanded, we are destroying lives, NOT saving them.

    • Kccjer

      It sounds like you are stating your PERSONAL BELIEFS.  Keeping religion out of it, what about the rights of the child.  More and more late term abortions are being performed.  At what time do we say they feel no pain at the time of death? 

  • Bonnieblue9

    If you don’t like an abortion, don’t have one.  It is none of your business what anyone else does with their body and you certainly have no grounds to think that your religious or personal beliefs are grounds to make laws governing others.

  • Bonnieblue9

    If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one.  It is none of your business what anyone else does with their body and you certainly have no right to think that your religious or personal beliefs are grounds to make laws governing others.
    (Sorry, I didn’t see how to delete my last post.)

    • Goverbeek16

      You are completely right. My religious and personal beliefs are not grounds for inflicting on the rights of others. That is of course unless there is a compelling state interest. Protecting the life of the unborn is a compelling state interest.

  • Nivrac

    This still grossly misrepresents what planned parenthood does. But you don’t really care. 3% represents what they accomplish. Mind you also they give away a lot of services, and give some services at a discount. So, with the Boeing comparison, it would be like this… they want (even though they wouldn’t being they are a for profit and PP is not) to give away parts and bolts and this and that all over. But they can’t afford to just give everything away, so they actually sell the planes so that they can break even. The fact that it is 3% and that 37% of their profits come from it shows how wisely they use the funds given.