A new report is out showing the Planned Parenthood Federation of America did a record 333,964 abortions in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Those abortions generated an estimated $150 million of the organization’s $1 billon budget. That year, Planned Parenthood referred 2,300, pregnant women to adoption agencies. While Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is on the rise, some of their other services—like cancer screenings and contraceptives—are down.
In spite of efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions saw an up tick in public funding in 2011-2012. “Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood reached a record of $542 million last year, almost half its $1 billion-plus budget,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president at the American Life League.
In Arkansas, Planned Parenthood receives about $250,000 per year in federal grants for the purpose of conducting HIV education programs. These grants are funded with our federal tax dollars, and they are administered by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch) introduced legislation to prevent state or federal grants from going to any organization that does abortions. The bill passed the Arkansas Senate, but failed to pass the House Public Health Committee because Rep. Butch Wilkins, (D-Jonesboro) changed his vote to “no” at the last minute. The bill failed by one vote.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.