The state Senate rejected two attempts to defund Planned Parenthood in amendments to its $8.2 billion general fund budget, which passed on Thursday.
Senators Richard Cash, R-Powdersville, and Shane Martin, R-Pauline, tried eliminating $34 million in Medicaid funds, targeted for family planning providers that perform abortions.
Federal law prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortions except when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, or when it’s considered a danger to the woman’s life.
How many abortions are performed in South Carolina annually?
In 2016, 10,716 abortions were performed. That number was down from 11,643 the year before.
How many abortions are performed by Planned Parenthood annually?
From October 2015 through September 2016, 321,384 abortions were performed at Planned Parenthood affiliate centers.
Abortions comprised three percent of procedures performed there. But 12 percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients underwent abortions.
How is Planned Parenthood funded?
Thirty-seven percent–or $543.7 million–of Planned Parenthood’s income comes from government reimbursements and grants, according to the organization’s most recent annual report.
How much of Planned Parenthood’s funding is from abortions?
An abortion pill costs up to $800, while the procedure costs up to $1,500. Based on the number of abortions performed, anti-abortion advocates have estimated up to 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from abortions. But this is impossible to know because the cost varies nationwide and is based on a woman’s ability to pay. The organization doesn’t publicize this figure.
What other functions does the provider perform?
Seventy-five percent of the services and procedures performed by Planned Parenthood cover contraception, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
The family planning organization issued 730,329 emergency contraception kits (like the morning-after pill) from October 2015 through September 2016.