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  •  That 3% number is bogus (0+ / 0-)

    Planned Parenthood, in 2010, performed over 300,000 abortions.

    Each of those abortions is somehow made equal to dispensing a pregnancy test, which is beyond ridiculous.

    Abortion, in dollars, are a much bigger portion of Planned Parenthood's budget than 3%.

    PP can do all the abortions they want, as far as I'm concerned.

    But, it is curious that PP would try so hard to fudge the numbers and hide how large a part abortions are in their list of services.

    •  The 3% Is Not Bogus (2+ / 0-)
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      Danali, a2nite

      Three percent of patient visits each year are for abortion. 97% are for family planning, annual exams, pap smears, and other services—and even vasectomies.

      Yes, an abortion visit is more costly than a pap smear, getting examined for contraception, or a well-woman exam. But even on the basis of revenues received, abortions still account for only 11% of the total. And a good chunk of that 11% is in effect a tax levied by the Marsha Blackburns and Ken Cucunellis (sp?) of the political world who impose procedures and steps unnecessary for a sound abortion that drive up the cost. Another extra cost imposed by the forced birthers is the cost of security, bullet proof windows, extra thick concrete walls, electrically locked doors, security cameras and recording systems, armed security guards, etc., to say nothing of the security steps necessary to protect both staff and physicians from harm both on-ste and off.

      And keep in mind, even though those costs are imposed for political reasons, they are paid for with private funds.

      The entire burden is unnecessary for good health outcomes.  

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