Lubbock news reported that Planned Parenthood is planning to open a location in Lubbock for the first time since 2013. Planned Parenthood told reporters that it provides women with life-saving healthcare services, including cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood’s annual report, however, paints a very different picture.

Planned Parenthood is known as the largest abortion provider in the country, and its 2018 Annual Report states it performed 345,672 abortions—1,319 per business day.

Abortions have increased from the 328,348 abortions it performed in 2015, according to its 2015 Annual Report.

In contrast, Planned Parenthood is not a main provider of cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms, and its latest annual report shows it performed 255,682 cervical cancer pap screenings in 2018.

That’s 13 percent fewer pap screenings than in 2015.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue increased by $284.3 million since 2015. It brought in $1.639 BILLION in 2018. Taxpayers funding increased by $62.2 million during that time period, with Planned Parenthood receiving $616.8 million in government funding in 2018. Most of Planned Parenthood’s revenue, nearly 1 billion in 2018 alone, comes from outside special interests.

Planned Parenthood’s own reports show that it is performing increasingly more abortions and doing fewer cancer screenings, while revenue has skyrocketed.

Besides abortions, Planned Parenthood’s next largest focus is political activism for progressive causes, candidates, legislation, and legal action. Its 2018 Annual Report reported it had organized 392 action councils, 81 new Planned Parenthood Generation Action campus chapters, launched 120 campus campaigns and trained more than 400 young people in community activism, and held nearly 30,000 activist actions and 12,517 events across the country.

So far during this 2020 election, Planned Parenthood’s PAC and other pro-abortion groups have given more than $4.75 million to Democrat Federal candidates. Planned Parenthood’s PAC continues to be heavily funded by outside interests, including $1.875 million just this past June to its political action committee, Planned Parenthood Votes, coming from George Soros and his Democracy PAC, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Meanwhile, just weeks ago, Judicial Watch reported it had obtained more records (in addition to those obtained in February) from the FDA, revealing that the government agency had entered into eight contracts for “fresh and never frozen fetal tissue” from aborted babies for government-funded research. Planned Parenthood has been the subject of criminal referrals investigating illegal profiting from the sale of those aborted baby tissues.

At least five of the COVID-19 vaccines currently under development needlessly use fetal tissue. Americans will face hard ethical issues and problems of conscience, according to doctors with the Charlotte Lozier Institute. As Dr. Tara S. Lee with the institute testified, scientific and medical advancements, including vaccines, do not need fetal body parts from aborted babies, and stopping the practice will not inhibit the development of new vaccines or stop a single person from being treated.

Planned Parenthood has set its sights on expanding abortion services across West Texas. According to the latest figures from Texas Health and Human Services ITOP Statistics, a total of 53,843 abortions were performed in 2017. Only 0.4 percent of abortions were performed in Lubbock County. About 13 percent of all pregnancies in Texas were terminated in abortions. But most abortions in Texas—73 percent—were performed on minorities. Disturbingly, nearly 27 percent of all abortions in Texas were done on Black women—14,390 Black unborn babies—while Blacks represent only 12.3 percent of our state’s population. A Black baby is over two times more likely to be aborted than a white baby.

The petition, Sign If You Stand for Life, to keep Planned Parenthood out of Lubbock was launched by State Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock. Follow the link to sign.

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Sandy Szwarc

Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN is a graduate of U.T. Austin and a researcher and writer on health and science issues for more than 30 years.