The nonprofit claims to be the largest provider of reproductive health services in the US
Planned Parenthood says 3% of the services it provides are abortions
Planned Parenthood is in the spotlight as Republicans push to block funding for the group because it provides abortions for women.
“We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion, and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a CNN town hall this month.
He said Republicans would rather shift those dollars – and redirect Planned Parenthood’s patients using those dollars – to federal community health centers.
“You don’t have these controversies by funding health centers,” he said.
The vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood does receive goes toward preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests and other women’s health services. The group turned 100 in October.
President-elect Donald Trump has expressed mixed views about the group, praising its “very good work for millions of women” while maintaining his promise to cut off federal funding if it continues to offer abortion services. None of the funding Planned Parenthood receives can legally be spent on abortion services.
What is Planned Parenthood, and what services does it provide? Here’s the breakdown:
What is Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood claims to be the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States, offering sexual and reproductive health care, education and outreach to nearly 5 million women, men and adolescents annually worldwide.
It has 650 affiliate health centers across the nation, including standalone clinics and satellite offices. The services offered at different centers vary. It estimates that 2.5 million women and men in the US visit its affiliate health centers for services and information each year, and its website receives 60 million visits annually.
Of its patients, 83% were 20 or older, according to a Government Accountability Office report released in March 2015 (PDF) that looked at data from 2010 to 2012. Nearly 80% had incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, according to the report.