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Planned Parenthood annual report reveals an increase in number of abortions performed
An activist lifts a sign promoting Planned Parenthood during an April 1 rally as part of the national "March for Health" in front of Trump Tower in New York City. Planned Parenthood recently released its 2015-2016 annual report. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood annual report reveals an increase in number of abortions performed

Planned Parenthood increased the number of abortions it performed while decreasing the number of patients it served, according to its most recent annual report, which was released this week.

The May release of the 2015-16 report was a departure from the organization’s typical December or January release.

According to the report, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, performed 328,348 abortion procedures in 2015, an increase from the 323,999 abortions it performed in 2014.

While Planned Parenthood performed more abortions, it saw about 100,000 fewer patients. The organization’s 2014-15 annual report states that they had 2.5 million patients in 2014, but the 2015-16 report states that Planned Parenthood saw 2.4 million patients in 2015.

The two annual reports also reflect a decrease in Planned Parenthood’s “cancer screening and prevention” services, which include such things as pap tests and HPV vaccinations. In 2014, the group reported 682,208 total cancer screening and prevention services, while in 2015 they reported 665,234 such services.

The reports also show a decrease in prenatal care at Planned Parenthood clinics. The organization reported 17,419 “prenatal services” in 2014, but that number plummeted to 9,419 in 2015.

Planned Parenthood accepted $554.6 million in “Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants” in 2015, which, according to the organization, constituted 41 percent of its revenue that year.

2015 was a year marked by controversy for Planned Parenthood. In July of that year, the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization, released a series of undercover videos alleging that Planned Parenthood was trafficking aborted fetal body parts. Profiting from the sale of human body parts — including those of the unborn — is illegal in the United States.

Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood have denied illegal conduct and said they were merely reimbursed for donations to researchers.

The annual report also takes aim at the pro-life filmmakers, characterizing them as “anti-abortion extremists” and their videos as “heavily edited.” The report laments that “attacks” against Planned Parenthood “have reached a fever pitch” and that Planned Parenthood is at risk of losing its federal funds.

Last week, a law firm representing the Center for Medical Progress released a new video recorded by the pro-life group showing Planned Parenthood employees describing abortion procedures in gruesome terms.

A judge blocked the Center for Medical Progress from releasing undercover footage its filmmakers recorded of conversations that took place at the National Abortion Federation’s 2014 and 2015 annual conferences. The pro-life group is currently appealing the injunction.

The video circulated by the law firm was described as a preview of the footage that is under injunction. Soon after the video was published, a judge said it violated the injunction and ordered it removed from YouTube. It is still available on Twitter:

Planned Parenthood’s 2015-16 report also celebrated the organization’s 2016 centennial anniversary:

We have been here for 100 years, and we’ve been fighting for reproductive health care and rights since day one. We’re going to be here for another 100 years — and then some — and though the path forward isn’t an easy one, ours never has been. Planned Parenthood has weathered some intense storms in our history, and we’ve come out of each one stronger, smarter, and fiercer than ever before.

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