Coincidence? Most conservatives think not. Mallory Quigley, communications director for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said she’s never seen the report come out this late. “For the years that I have been tracking it, it’s always been very consistent at the end of the year,” she told the Washington Times. If their statistics are anything like 2014 — when the group aborted enough people to wipe out a city as big as Pittsburgh — they won’t help Richards’s cause. She and her friends in Hollywood have spent the last several weeks trying to downplay the business’s abortion side and highlight the other services Planned Parenthood offers. But unless there’s been a major sea change at the organization, that will be tough to do for an organization that took an unborn life every 97 seconds in 2014.
Equally damning, the group’s cancer screenings — which is a favorite defense of the Left’s — have been in steady decline for years. From 2009 to 2014, Planned Parenthood’s breast exams (which, incidentally, don’t include mammograms) have consistently decreased and dropped by over half (56 percent): 830,312 (2009), 747,607 (2010), 639,384 (2011), 549,804 (2012), 487,029 (2013), and 363,803 (2014).
As if that weren’t alarming enough, other cancer screenings have dropped by close to two-thirds (63 percent): 1,830,811 (2009), 1,596,741 (2010), 1,307,570 (2011), 1,121,580 (2012), 935,573 (2013), and 682,208 (2014). And while their services have decreased, taxpayer-funding has increased! No wonder Planned Parenthood isn’t racing to show off its work from the last two years. Not only would their report refute everything the group is claiming, but it would also show what a terrible investment Planned Parenthood is.
While Richards drags her feet, Congress is not. As early as this week, the House will hold its first major vote on the Obamacare replacement bill — and when it does, defunding Planned Parenthood will be a major part of it. Of course, as March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and I point out in a joint op-ed in The Hill, there’s still work to be done. As happy as we are that the legislation topples Obamacare’s abortion insurance subsidies and guts Planned Parenthood funding, the GOP will need to go to the mat to protect other pro-life provisions in the House bill. “Until Congress specifically states that abortion is not healthcare, and statutorily excludes it from healthcare programs, the courts along with agency precedent show that abortion will be included when the government funds healthcare,” we write.
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