Recently, there has been much controversy over Planned Parenthood and the Trump administration’s threats to defund them. Many people want it to be defunded as they do not want their taxpayer dollars going to an institution that takes the lives of unborn children. Others want to “protect a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body.” The only problem with the latter argument is that it’s not the woman’s body we’re talking about.
While a fetus is inside a woman’s body, it is not inherently her body. Scientifically, it is widely accepted that a human fetus is still a homo sapien. This means that a fetus, despite its age of gestation, is still a human being.
The last time I checked, killing an innocent human being is still considered immoral in our society, not to mention against the law. So why would that same rule not apply to a fetus? The written law does not discriminate on age, so why wouldn’t a fetus be covered by that same law? Certainly, both sides have an argument, but unfortunately, the only side you usually hear is the one propagated by the Left.
In the words of Dennis Prager of Prager University, “On what moral grounds does the mother alone decide a fetus’s worth?” The moral argument has gone on forever and probably will do so for a while longer. Instead, I would like to talk about the financial standpoint and why Planned Parenthood wants to continue abortions.
There are some interesting things that Planned Parenthood does with its self-reporting. For example, Planned Parenthood likes to throw around the 3% statistic, claiming that only 3% of its total services are abortion. This myth has been debunked many times over, though most detailed in a video by Live Action.
According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, there were an estimated 926,200 reported abortions in the United States in 2014. From that report, along with the 323,999 abortions performed by Planned Parenthood, the number of abortions in the United States that year performed by Planned Parenthood was 34.9%. One-third of all abortions in the United States is a large client base to simply give up. Now let’s look at their financials.
In the 2014-2015 annual report from Planned Parenthood, they received $553 million dollars in government grants and reimbursements. Their total non-government revenue is $309.2 million. If we take their own financials we can break down the actual revenue percentage. With the average abortion costing $800, we can determine that they made a total of $259.2 million from abortions alone. These numbers show that abortions accounts over 80% of Planned Parenthood’s total revenue, which makes for an extremely enticing excuse to hold on to abortions, even in the face of losing government funding.
Now with this information in mind, the question is why will Planned Parenthood not give up abortions? The Trump administration offered a deal to the organization: Stop abortions and continue government funding, or continue abortions and have federal funding cut. Planned Parenthood quickly responded by declining the offer. But if abortion only accounts for 3% of their services, why not make the deal?
The core reason that they continue to preform abortions is because it is their big-ticket item. Their largest grossing source of income comes from killing unborn children. By declining President Trump’s deal, they showed that they’d rather lose the ability to provide basic healthcare to women in order to save their revenue rich service of abortion.
Planned Parenthood isn’t new the world of controversy, but it’s actions like these that make people start to question their true motives. As much as they like to claim they’re advocates for women’s health, or that they only care about helping low-income families, at the end of the day, they are a for-profit business that service the death of babies for the sole reason that it makes them a lot of money.
So the question comes down to this; does each human not have certain unalienable rights as declared by the United States Constitution where it’s written that we all have the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness? Is it just coincidental that life is first on that list?
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” Not surprisingly, it doesn’t seem as though government is doing a very good job at upholding this principle.