Planned Parenthood posts this statistical assertion boldly on its Planned Parenthood at a Glance page. Here is the supposed factoid.
Here in this file, Planned_Parenthood_Services, is their detailed explanation.
This three percent statistic got a lot of media coverage back in 2011. Then Congress was considering cutting Federal funding for Planned Parenthood. So FactCheck.Org came to the rescue and supported Planned Parenthood’s assertion.
Q: How much of Planned Parenthood’s services are dedicated to abortions? Does the federal government fund those procedures?
A: Abortions represent 3 percent of total services provided by Planned Parenthood, and roughly 10 percent of its clients received an abortion. The group does receive federal funding, but the money cannot be used for abortions by law. (from here)
When I saw FactCheck.Org’s list of sources, I cracked up.
- Planned Parenthood. Annual Report 2008-2009.
- Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Services. Fact Sheet. Mar 2011.
- “CNN Newsroom.” Transcript. CNN. 8 Apr 2011.
- Guttmacher Institute. State Funding of Abortion Under Medicaid. Policy Brief. 1 Apr 2011.
- DeBonis, Mike. “D.C. abortion funding: the facts.” The Washington Post. 11 Apr 2011.
In Fact-Checking Claims about Planned Parenthood, Christianity Today tried to straddle the fence, offering this observation.
Activists backing the ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood often use similar factual claims
The Christianity Today article used the Family Research Council (FRC) as its example pro-life activist. Unfortunately, the links to the FRC claims cited in the Christianity Today article are broken. Nevertheless, LifeNews.com quoted those claims in this article, Pro-Life Groups Seek Calls on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare Vote. So the FRC did make them.
Did the FRC stretch the truth a mite? Perhaps, but let’s go back to the point of the video. We don’t want to missed the forest for the trees. That’s the forest missed by the author of that Christianity Today article. If you are pregnant and you go to a Planned Parenthood clinic, it is a near certainty you are going there to get an abortion.
Consider what we all know to be self-evident. How many women think of going to Planned Parenthood when they want a baby? Are there any? Of course not. So it is silly to argue that abortions are only a small part of Planned Parenthood business. Everybody knows Planned Parenthood exists to prevent and terminate pregnancies. When people hear “Planned Parenthood,” they think “abortion.”