Rep. Lummis to Planned Parenthood: You Say 3% Of Procedures Are Abortions, Yet 86% Of Your Revenue Is From Abortions


At Tuesday's House hearing on Planned Parenthood, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) questioned Cecile Richards, the organization's president, about mammogram machines, number of clinics, how much funding is appropriated to abortion and how much is for other services rendered.

"I would very much appreciate it if you would break it down," Lummis said about Planned Parenthood's accounting. "Because the taxpayers are funding over 40% of Planned Parenthood and my point is they just have a right to know how this money is being spent."

"If ta payer dollars are being used to free up services that you provide that are are a abhorrent services in the view of many taxpayers," Lummis said. "There are alternatives in this country."

Lummis quizzed Richards how abortion is only 3% of Planned Parenthood's services while it garners an overwhelming amount of revenue for the non-profit.

"So abortion is included in surgical services. But I want to find out where you get your 3% figure that you cite for abortion procedures. That's your self-reported abortion statistic," Lummis said.

"It is 3% of all the procedures we provide," Richards responded. "All the services we provide."

"Let's talk about Planned Parenthood revenue from abortions. If you look at the 2013 statistics that you report, abortions revenue would have been over 86% of your non-government revenue. How do you explain this massive disparity between the amount of revenue you collect from abortion and the fact that you only report 3% of your services being abortion?" Lummis asked

"Well, I think there's two questions you sort of mixed in there so let me try to address both," Richards answered. "One is, as we've already stated, federal money does not go for abortions. So the federal portion that we were discussing is reimbursement for preventive care services."

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