Planned Parenthood and the 3% Abortion Myth

The folks at Planned Parenthood and the organization’s apologists are sending out the narrative that abortions only make up 3% of its total services but are not telling us what percentage that number represents. So why make such a big deal about Planned Parenthood and abortion when this number is so low?

First, abortion kills an unborn baby. That’s a big deal. Never begin an argument about abortion until this point is nailed down. It wouldn’t matter if Planned Parenthood only did .000003% convenience abortions. Killing is killing.

Second, money is taken from tax payers so Planned Parenthood can perform abortions, and abortions kill unborn babies. If there are so many abortion supporters out there, surely Planned Parenthood can raise the needed money from them. Hollywood support for Planned Parenthood is huge. It wouldn’t take much to raise the needed funds. Hillary Clinton ($100 million), Nancy Peolosi ($26 million), Dianne Feinstein ($43 to $99 million), John Kerry ($200 million), and Jane Harman ($435 million) are vocal supporters of Planned Parenthood. Combined they are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Third, the 3% number doesn’t tell us how many abortions the number represents. is it 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000? The number is actually 327,658. That’s about one-third of all abortions done in the United States. The authors of nearly all (it may be all) the articles supporting Planned Parenthood only use percentages not the actual number of abortions performed.

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Fourth, Planned Parenthood is not the only organization that offers true healthcare for women. Killing an unborn baby is not healthcare.

Let’s get back to the 3%-defense. The following is from National Review Online:

“Practically every defender of the organization, fighting to preserve its federal funding, reverts to the 3 percent figure. How could you possibly, they ask, defund a group that devotes itself overwhelmingly to uncontroversial procedures and services for women?

“The 3 percent figure is an artifice and a dodge, but even taking it on its own terms, it’s not much of a defense. Only Planned Parenthood would think saying that they only kill babies 3 percent of the time is something to brag about. How much credit would we give someone for saying he only drives drunk 3 percent of the time, or only cheats on business trips 3 percent of the time, or only hits his wife during 3 percent of domestic disputes?


“The 3 percent figure is derived by counting abortion as just another service like much less consequential services. So abortion is considered a service no different than a pregnancy test (1.1 million), even though a box with two pregnancy tests can be procured from the local drugstore for less than $10.”

Here’s the important math analogy:

“By Planned Parenthood’s math, a woman who gets an abortion but also a pregnancy test, an STD test, and some contraceptives has received four services, and only 25 percent of them are abortion [related]. This is a little like performing an abortion and giving a woman an aspirin, and saying only half of what you do is abortion.”

Here’s a short video that unpacks Planned Parenthood’s sketchy math reasoning designed to fool low information voters:

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