Effects have causes. That many abortions *suggests* something.


Last year Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions. that’s one abortion every 94 seconds, for an entire year.

Ninety-two percent of pregnant women who walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic for services get an abortion.

By contrast PP made only 2,303 adoption referrals, or one every 3 hours and 40 minutes, the amount of time it took them to do 145 abortions.


This rise in abortions was coupled with a continued decrease in non-abortive services. Since 2009, the total number of contraceptive services has dropped by 12 percent, and cancer screening and prevention services have dropped by 29 percent.

So that means more abortions and fewer “prevention services,” screenings, etc. —those things we’ve all been told are the real, legitimate reasons PP needs government money. But don’t blame lack of money for this change in business done:

This dip in “preventative services” was not for lack of funding, as the organization reported a record $542 million in government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements, totaling 45.2 percent of the group’s annual revenue.

They had a budget of more than $1 billion and they got more of our money while doing less of what they sell to us and more of what they insist is not their focus.

Endangered: More than half of pregnancies to black women in New York City end in abortion.

They insist that they’re there for women’s health and that abortions account for less than half of the services they perform. But their counting method and these abortion numbers just don’t allow for that.

A woman who walks in and eventually gets an abortion likely had multiple services done before the abortion: contraceptives, testing, consultation, screening. That’s potentially four (or more) services done for this one woman apart from her abortion. Extrapolate that out and yes: abortion accounts for a small percentage of what PP does annually.

But the fact remains: 92 percent of women who walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic pregnant walk out not with a live baby girl or boy to take home and raise and love, and not having begun the process to give the baby up for adoption, but having had an abortion. That’s a staggering rate of women choosing only one of the three options available.

Any business that has a flagship service or product would be thrilled to have such numbers. A single dominant product with such a high rate of sale means more consistency for your business, more predictability in ordering supplies, and a simpler day-to-day operation.

Businesses strive for this kind of single-product profitability, and they do so through marketing, salesmanship, and all manner of tactics to get customers to buy that thing they get the most profit out of or they favor the most. They manipulate their showrooms or pay retailers to put their product in a primary place. They feature the flagship product in primary ad space and talk about it the most with potential customers. While not necessarily actively discouraging the purchase of others of their products they steer the customer toward that one preferred item.

The tactics definitely work: Just ask InBev about all the money they spend paying grocery stores to put their beers in the most prominent places in the beer aisle.

The sheer number of abortions and the dominance of abortion over live births are realities that suggest a cause: when it comes to “what to do about my pregnancy,” Planned Parenthood very much prefers abortion to birth, and lets their customers know that.

And it’s working.

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Tom Crowe is a cradle Catholic with a deep love for and commitment to Holy Mother the Church, colored by a rather interesting life-long relationship with her. Born during the great liturgical upheaval of the 1970s, Crowe was brought up in a parish that continued using the Missal of 1962—the Traditional Latin Mass—for which he developed a love. Crowe learned the faith as a child from the Baltimore Catechism, and didn’t stop learning and wrestling with the Church’s teachings at his Confirmation. Through reading and many conversations with friends and converts far smarter than he, Crowe came to know, accept, and love the Church and what she proposes far more intimately. For three years these conversation took place in seminary before Crowe, with the blessing of the formation team, determined that seminary was not right for him. In the wild and humorous ways of God, Crowe landed on his feet in Steubenville, Ohio, where he manages the online presence for Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also trains altar servers and is the head master of ceremonies for the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on campus.

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