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Watch: Live Action Fact Checks Planned Parenthood’s Claim That Abortion Is Only 3 Percent of Its Services


“Three percent is not a real number, but over 320,000 abortions a year and a 30 percent market share of all U.S. abortions are.”

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The pro-life group Live Action released a new video Wednesday in an effort to debunk Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortion constitutes only 3 percent of the organization's services.

Live Action plans to distribute the video in key states that Planned Parenthood is targeting during the 2016 election.

“To justify its half billion dollars in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood downplays abortion — falsely claiming that it only makes up three percent of its business — and instead plays up its cancer screenings and so-called ‘women’s health care,’” Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, said in a statement.

“However, Planned Parenthood’s own numbers prove it’s an abortion corporation, focused on abortion, not on women’s health care,” Rose said. “Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform a single mammogram, and it performs less than two percent of all women’s cancer screenings in the United States, yet it commits over 30 percent of America’s abortions.”

The video shows how Planned Parenthood calculates its services in order to get to the 3 percent figure, which requires them to divide the number of abortions they perform by the total number of “services” they provide rather than the number of patients they serve.

As the video illustrates, a woman who undergoes an abortion at Planned Parenthood is tallied by the organization as the recipient of as many as four different services.

If the number of abortions were divided by the number of patients, the rate of abortion is one in eight rather than one in 33.

The video states that if the NFL used similar math, “because they sold 5 million hot dogs in a season, and there were only 256 games, football is only .005 percent of what they do.”

Rose added that her organization’s new video “shows voters how Planned Parenthood calculates its absurd three percent number to deliberately mislead the public and downplay its abortion business.”

“Three percent is not a real number, but over 320,000 abortions a year and a 30 percent market share of all U.S. abortions are,” she added.

According to Planned Parenthood’s annual report for the fiscal year 2014-15, they performed 323,999 abortions during the fiscal year 2014-15, which means on average, the nation’s largest abortion provider performed one abortion every 97 seconds.

Conversely, Planned Parenthood performed less than 1 percent of the Pap tests performed in the United States during fiscal year 2014-15 and less than 2 percent of clinical breast exams. The breast exams Planned Parenthood did perform were physical, as the organization does not provide mammograms.

Rose cited Planned Parenthood’s rate of adoption referrals as evidence of the organization’s commitment to abortion.

“Planned Parenthood is so focused on abortion that it aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption,” Rose said. “If a woman with an unwanted pregnancy goes to Planned Parenthood, that child is 160 times more likely to be poisoned or dismembered than to be put up for adoption to a waiting family.”

The Washington Post wrote last year that Planned Parenthood’s 3 percent figure “is misleading” and the liberal Slate.com called it the “most meaningless abortion statistic ever.”

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