Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guttmacher study shows funding Planned Parenthood doesn't reduce unplanned pregnancies

The Guttmacher Institute, a former research arm of Planned Parenthood, recently released a study showing the rate of unplanned pregnancies remained steady from 2001-2006. The report also notes that in this time period, the unplanned pregnancy rate rose for poor women while lowering for women with higher incomes. While Planned Parenthood has used this report to call for more funding, the report indicates that increasing government funding to Planned Parenthood hasn't helped to reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancies among poor women.
But whatever conclusions they may eventually come up with, one thing is clear: increasing government funding of Planned Parenthood had zero effect on unintended pregnancy. Over the period covered in this study, Planned Parnethood’s funding from government grants and contracts increased from $240.9 million to $305.3 million. At the same time, unintended pregnancies rose from 48% to 49% of all pregnancies.

What’s more, the unintended pregnancy rate went up dramatically among poor women—the very group that Planned Parenthood purports to help the most. Measured in the number of poor women per 1,000 of childbearing age, the rate went up from 120 unintended pregnancies in 2001 to 132 in 2006. That’s right: the more money Planned Parenthood got from the government—supposedly to help poor women—the more poor women got pregnant.