Planned Parenthood Performed More Abortions in 2021, 2022 Despite Having Fewer Patients

A report from Planned Parenthood revealed that the abortion provider performed more abortions in 2021 and 2022 despite having fewer patients.

During this period, Planned Parenthood provided 9.13 services, including abortions, exams, birth control services, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests and treatments.

In 2022, Planned Parenthood had 2.05 million patients, according to the report, a decrease of 80,000 people from the previous year, noted a fact sheet from the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Despite having 80,000 fewer patients, Planned Parenthood performed 392,715 abortions between 2021-2022, an “increase of over 18,000 (5%) from the previous year,” the fact sheet described.

The number is an increase of 20% from the last 10 years.

“For every adoption referral in 2021-22, Planned Parenthood performed 228 abortions,” the fact sheet said. “Over the past 10 annual reports, the ratio was approximately 134 abortions for every one adoption referral.”

Since 2010, the abortion provider’s total services have decreased 17%.

American Faith reported that abortions in the United States hit their greatest levels in 2023 despite the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs decision, overturning Roe v. Wade and giving the issue of abortion back to the states.

According to the Monthly Abortion Provision Study, an estimated 1,026,690 abortions occurred in 2023, or about 15.7 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.

The number is also a 10% increase from 2020.

U.S. abortions were greatest in 1990, with 1.6 million. Over the next thirty years, the rate of abortion steadily declined until 2020. In 2017, there were 885,000 abortions, but that number increased to 930,160 in 2020.

Much of the increase in abortions can be attributed to access to abortion-inducing drugs. The Guttmacher Institute’s report said that the “use of telehealth to provide medication abortion via mail increased considerably” after the FDA “lifted in-person dispensing requirements of mifepristone.”

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