Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive healthcare services in the United States. They are a nonprofit organization with more than 650 clinics throughout the U.S. and they offer services including birth control, emergency contraception, breast cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, and STD testing. They are also the largest provider for abortions, which has created controversy in recent years.
Planned Parenthood has been partially funded by the federal government since 1970. According to their 2014-2015, they received a total of $1,296,100,000 in revenue in that financial year. About $554,000,000 of this came from the government. This is about 43 percent of their funding, and it includes government health services like Medicaid.
Their other sources for funding include non-government health services, which supplied $309,200,000 or 24 percent of their revenue; private contributions, which totals $353,500,000 or 27 percent; and other sources, which supplied $79,700,000 or six percent. According to their annual report, 64 percent of this revenue was spent on medical services, 18 percent was spent on non-medical programs, 13 percent was spent on management and general support, and five percent was spent on fundraising.
The most recent information available explaining the breakdown of their medical services is from 2013-2014. From October of 2013 to September of 2014, STD testing and treatment made up 45 percent of their total services, contraception made up 31 percent, other women’s health services made up 13 percent, cancer screening made up seven percent, abortion services made up three percent, and other services made up the remaining one percent.
The government funding of Planned Parenthood has been debated for years, but the issue began receiving more attention in 2015 when an anti-abortion organization, CMP, released some secretly recorded videos that show Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of fetal tissue. CMP claims that Planned Parenthood was profiting off of these sales.
This controversy led many to argue that the federal and state governments should cut Planned Parenthood funding. Many believe that the government should not fund a clinic that provides abortions. Eight states have already cut funding: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Utah.
Those in favor of government funding for Planned Parenthood argue that the funding should continue because no money provided by the government goes to abortion services. Also, Planned Parenthood provides important health services for both men and women, many of whom are low-income and cannot afford to go anywhere else.
A more current study shows graphs of the funding planned parenthood receives and the services they cover.