Contrary to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America public relations and lobbying message, there is no correlation with PPFA community presence and reduced teen pregnancy.
In contrast, teen pregnancies actually decreased with the absence of PPFA.
So concludes a major meta-study released by American Life League, the nation’s oldest pro-life education and advocacy group.
“We know that the pro-abortion first-response will be ‘Consider the source.’ But American Life League is not the source; the source is the official records of 16 counties within the Texas panhandle,” said Rita Diller, national director of ALL’s STOPP International project.
The longitudinal analysis, included in the full report, is the first of its kind because, until now, the one variable, the presence of Planned Parenthood, could not be studied in isolation.
“From 1994 through 2010, Planned Parenthood facilities in these counties went from 19 to zero. In the same period, the teen pregnancy rate dropped almost in half, from 43.6 per 1,000 to 24.1 per thousand, and the population of teen girls aged 13-17 remained stable. Those aren’t our numbers; those are government numbers.”
“Taking just these 16 counties, the actual number of teen pregnancies fell from an average of 544 per year in the 5 years before PP started closing its doors to an average of 373 in the last five years.” [p.21, Texas Panhandle, 1994-2010]
“The Texas Panhandle statistics show conclusively that NEITHER access to PP ‘reproductive healthcare’ clinics [sic] nor PPFA ‘evidence-based, comprehensive sex education’; is a necessary component in reducing the teen pregnancy rate…
“People don’t realize that Planned Parenthood must work hard to replace the 43 percent of its customers it loses each year,” added Diller.
“It normally does this by promoting sexual promiscuity to teens. This study suggests that, when Planned Parenthood leaves, teens are more likely to embrace chastity.”
According to the Introduction of the 48-page study entitled “Planned Parenthood Federation of America: A 5-Part Analysis of Business Practices, Community Outcomes, and Taxpayer Funding“:
“The purpose of this multi-part study was to ascertain whether taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood actually provides a reasonable return on investment in the cost of healthcare services or actual community outcomes.”
Three major findings are reported:
— “There is no correlation between PPFA community presence and reduced teen pregnancy, and teen pregnancy actually decreased when PPFA was no longer in the community.
— “PPFA reduced health services even as taxpayer funding increased” … The reported number of PPFA clients in the contraceptive client category appears inflated by 11%. The declining trend in healthcare services delivered is likely worse than reported.
— “The focus of PPFA remains on increasing profit and abortion, rather than on healthcare for the poor. Healthcare services and enhancement of healthcare services continue to decrease.
“Thus, the “[t]hree primary rationales used for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood — women’s wellness, reduction of teen pregnancy, and serving the poor — are invalid.”
Planned Parenthood receives $542 Million in taxpayer funds each year, which is 45% of its $1.1 BILLION annual income.
PP Executive Salaries are also included in this report.
The full report can be viewed at:
[PRESS RELEASE, September 25, 2013, Jim Sedlak, [email protected] ; “Planned Parenthood Federation of America: A 5-Part Analysis of Business Practices, Community Outcomes, and Taxpayer Funding“]
Why Planned Parenthood Closes Their ‘Clinic’ Businesses
Historically, PP has a rule that every location MUST at least cover its operating costs or it will get closed down. For new centers, PP will subsidize them up to three years, but, after that, they must make money.
Most of the PP closings reported in this report are because the sites were not making money. There are various reasons for this.
The number of clients may be down, operating costs (like rent) may have risen, taxpayer funds may have been reduced, or local or corporate donations may be down.
PP often does not make public why a specific location closed, but when it does it is almost always for one of these reasons.
[Footnote, page 8, September 2013, “Planned Parenthood Federation of America: A 5-Part Analysis of Business Practices, Community Outcomes, and Taxpayer Funding”; The full report can be viewed at: http://www.stopp.org/PPFAReports/PPFA_2013_Report.pdf ]