Taxpayers Foot Bill for 46% of Planned Parenthood’s 2010 Income

The newly-released 2009-2010 annual report of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) reveals that the taxpayer provided 46% of PPFA’s $1.048 billion 2010 income. This government revenue, which flows through grants and contracts to PPFA and its affiliates, jumped from between 25% and 33% in recent years to the 46% figure in the newest report.

PPFA explains the difference in the following note in the report: “The apparent increase in this line time (categorized as ‘Government Grants and Contracts’ in the 2008-2009 annual report) stems mainly from a change in the way revenue data are presented in this year’s report. The current report groups revenues by source (either government or non-government) rather than the manner of disbursement (income versus grants and contracts). In past reports, payments from Medicaid managed care plans have appeared as ‘health center income’ rather than ‘government grants and contracts’ because of the method of payment. Those same payments are listed as “Government Health Services Grants and Reimbursements’ this year to reflect the ultimate source of the funds.”

As summarized by Planned Parenthood expert Randy O’Bannon of National Right to Life, “In other words, taxpayer dollars have always been paying a bigger portion of Planned Parenthood’s bills than the group let on.” Perhaps the congressional investigation being conducted by a House committee prodded PPFA to come clean about actual taxpayer funding of the abortion giant.

In speculated response to the notoriety PPFA has gained as the nation’s largest abortion provider, mention of abortion is brief in the report. The report does document the performance of 329,445 abortions in 2010, which is down from the all-time high of 331,796 reported in 2009. Abortion remains as a top money-maker for PPFA.

Read the Planned Parenthood 2009-2010 annual report here.

Barbara Lyons

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