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Get the Facts

While opponents will often say dishonest and deceptive things about Planned Parenthood, we believe in the power of honest, accurate information. That’s why we’ve organized this list of facts about our national and local Planned Parenthood to help you combat fiction with facts.
 

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC)
  • PPOSBC provides high-quality reproductive health care, education, and advocacy. In addition to compassionate reproductive care, we also offer comprehensive primary care with Melody Health and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services.
  • Last year, 107,339 patients made up 212,389 medical visits at one of our nine local health centers, through telehealth, or with the Planned Parenthood Direct app.
  • Our reproductive health services include life-saving cervical cancer screenings and breast exams (15,899), Pap tests (19,714), STD testing and treatment (337,531), all forms of birth control (56,747), emergency contraception (25,599), HPV vaccines (5,653), and more. Learn more about PPOSBC in our Annual Report.
  • Over 94% of services are preventive.
  • At PPOSBC, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on federal or state funds for care.
  • PPOSBC never turns anyone away. We spent over $3.5 million on charity care last year, a program designed to pay for needed services of those that are unable to pay.
Planned Parenthood in California
  • Planned Parenthood provides care to nearly 750,000 people in 108 health centers with 1.3 million medical visits a year in California.
  • Last year there were 10.2 million cycles of birth control dispensed, 1.9 million STI tests and screenings, and 148,000 breast and cervical screenings.
  • More than 1.1 million patient visits are covered under Medi-Cal, which represents more than 85% of total yearly visits to Planned Parenthood.
  • Nearly 90% of Planned Parenthood patients are below 200% of the federal poverty level ($25,520 for one person in 2020). Of those, 78% are below 138% of the federal poverty level ($17,609 for one person in 2020).
  • Planned Parenthood medical visits make up 1/3 of all family planning visits in California.
  • All health centers have telephone access to translators in 250 languages, and some locations provide services in up to 50 different languages annually.
Planned Parenthood Across the Country*
  • 103 years of providing women, men, and young people with the education, information, and services needed to make responsible choices about sex and reproduction.
  • 2.4 million patients served in one of our 600 health centers.
  • Nearly 75% of patients have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • 77% of patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.
  • 26% percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are contraceptive services.
  • Estimated number of unintended pregnancies averted by Planned Parenthood contraceptive services in a single year: 393,000.
  • One in five women will go to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life.  

*as of 2019

Abortion
  • Abortion is a small, but important part of the services Planned Parenthood provides.
  • Planned Parenthood does pregnancy options counseling which provides that person with all of their options including parenting, adoption, and abortion. We trust them to make the best decision for their needs and then provide them with the appropriate resources.
  • Abortion is a deeply personal decision. Ultimately decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to that person, their family, and their faith, with the counsel of her health care provider. Planned Parenthood gives people all of their choices and trusts them to make the best decision for their needs.
  • By age 45, half of American women will have an unintended pregnancy and 1 in 4 will have an abortion.
  • 90% of abortions occur within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Thanks to sexual health education and access to affordable contraception, abortion has been on the decline.
  • Between providing access to all forms of contraception and accurate sexual health education, no one does more than Planned Parenthood to reduce unintended pregnancies.
Financial
  • Federal funding DOES NOT pay for abortions. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal dollars to be spent on abortions, except in the rare case of rape, incest, or the woman’s life is in danger.
  • Like any other health care provider, Planned Parenthood receives reimbursements for the medical services they provide.
  • At PPOSBC, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on federal or state funds for care.
  • PPOSBC never turns anyone away. We spent over $3.5 million on charity care last year, a program designed to pay for needed services of those that are unable to pay.
  • Title X is a federal grant program that was dedicated to providing family planning services, however it never allowed for those funds to go toward abortion care services. In an effort to keep Planned Parenthood from participating, the rules for the grant were recently re-written with the Trump Administration and forces the providers of those that received the grant to not refer or even discuss abortion with patients. In order to receive needed Title X funds earmarked for family planning, providers are being forced to lie to their patients about their options, which is why Planned Parenthood doesn’t participate.
Opposition’s Favorite Lies
  • Mammograms- Like many other doctor’s offices, Planned Parenthood provides breast exams and then refers patients to a specialist for a mammogram if needed.

 

  • Prenatal care- Services can vary at different Planned Parenthood health centers, so it’s best to call and ask for specific services.

 

  • Abortion bans- The rash of extreme abortion bans sweeping the country are putting women’s lives in jeopardy and all have one goal in mind — to bring a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court, and make abortion inaccessible in this country.

This is being done in direct defiance of the American people, as 70% of Americans don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned.

 

  • Deceptively edited videos- These reckless and malicious videos have been proven to be deceptively edited and have been completely discredited as part of an extreme political agenda to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing health care to patients and to ban abortion in this country. Over and over, it’s been shown that Planned Parenthood has engaged in no wrongdoing and that these anti-abortion operatives have engaged in a fraud to deceive the public.

 

  • Abortion later in pregnancy- "Abortion until birth" and "late term abortion" are all made-up, inaccurate and offensive terms anti-abortion extremists use in their attempt to ban safe, legal abortion. It’s an example of what happens when politicians with no medical expertise interfere in personal health decisions and push their agenda.

People should be in charge of their own medical decisions throughout pregnancy. These are often circumstances where a woman is pregnant for months and is devasted to end the pregnancy. Some politicians want to take away that woman’s freedom, including consulting with their doctor, to decide what’s best for her own circumstances.  A woman’s health, not politics should drive important medical decisions.

 

  • Margaret Sanger- Margaret Sanger was a trailblazer in the fight for reproductive rights and education, but she was also a flawed and imperfect leader. She had beliefs, practices, and associations that we acknowledge and denounce, and work to rectify today.