By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:
WASHINGTON — Following a several month delay, Planned Parenthood has released its annual report, which reveals that the number of abortions performed by the organization are the highest since 2011 while the number of women using Planned Parenthood’s services in general continues to be the lowest in a decade.
The abortion and contraception giant releases the report each year to tout its achievements, which include services largely centering around sexual activity.
“Planned Parenthood has spent a century expanding and protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care and information so all people feel empowered to build the future they want,” the organization wrote in the introduction to its new report. “[W]e have much to be proud of in our first 100 years.”
While the organization noted that abortion rates in the U.S. are the lowest since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, its annual tally also showed that Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year—the highest level since its 2011-2012 report, which tallied 333,964 abortions.
Planned Parenthood reported 323,999 abortions for its 2014-2015 fiscal year, 327,653 abortions for its 2013-2014 fiscal year, and 327,166 abortions for its 2012-2013 fiscal year.
However, the 2014-2015 figures showed that the number of women visiting Planned Parenthood is the lowest in almost a decade, and this week’s report showed only a slight increase. From 2013-2014, a reported 10,590,333 services were provided, from the provision of contraceptives, to STD testing, to abortion and other sexually-related services.
The following fiscal year, Planned Parenthood’s services dropped to 9,455,582—nearly a million fewer. In 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood provided 9,494,977 services to a reported 2.4 million men and women, down from 2.5 million the year prior.