Who is Cecile Richards?
Cecile Richards is the exiting president of Planned Parenthood. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood has killed approximately 3.5 million preborn babies. Read more about her legacy at The Federalist.

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead
In 2018, Cecile Richards released her book Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead in which she chronicles her life and work as president of Planned Parenthood. 

We at Students for Life of America created a satirical version of her book titled Getting Into Trouble: Swindling Tax Payers, Killing 3.8 Million Babies, and Opposing Basic Human Rights. Download the printable version here. Sources for booklet here.

What is Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit and the nation’s largest abortion vendor, committing over one in every three abortions done in the country, which equals about 887 every single day. About 96% of their services to pregnant women are abortions. They also provide contraception and STD testing along with other preventative care, all of which has been significantly decreasing over the past decade.

But don’t they do a lot of good stuff too like providing low-cost birth control?
Actually they mark up their birth control and are battling many lawsuits related to fraudulent Medicaid payments made to Planned Parenthood. One lawsuit is in Iowa from a former Planned Parenthood director who has evidence of the fraud. They were ordered to pay over a million dollars in restitution to Texas when found guilty of defrauding taxpayers. And in California, a 2004 audit showed that Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside countiesreceived excess payment of various kinds of contraception over $5.2 million. This is only a fraction of the fraud they’ve been found guilty of. 

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs) also get taxpayer money but do not do abortions and clients pay on a sliding scale – basically what they can afford.

Lastly, doing subjectively good things does not outweigh the injustice of endangering women and taking 328,348 innocent lives a year.

Does Planned Parenthood get taxpayer dollars? How much per year?
Yes, they received over $554,000,000 last year, making up 41% of their budget.

What do they do with that money?
By law, they are supposed to use it for family planning services other than abortion. But money is fungible (our short video explaining that here) and as a former Planned Parenthood director said, “As clinic director, I saw how money affiliate clinics receive from several sources is combined into one pot, not set aside for specific services.”

Here’s the kicker: Planned Parenthood gets more money every year but serves less people.

  • Between 2006 and 2015, the number of clients served by Planned Parenthood have dropped 19% while their revenue has risen 30%.

  • The amount of taxpayer funding that makes up their total revenue has also increased by 10%, from 33% in 2006 to 43% in 2015.

  • Cancer screenings and prevention services have dropped 58% since 2009 and abortions have skyrocketed from 289,750 in 2006 to over 328,000 in 2006.

  • Abortion is down over 12% nationally since 2010 yet only down by 1.6% for Planned Parenthood since 2010.

  • Prenatal services at PP have been cut in half since 2009.

  • From 2009-2013, Planned Parenthood’s abortion to adoption ratio is 209 -to-1.

  • In 2006, they committed one of every five abortions. In 2015, it’s up to one in every three abortions. (source: Planned Parenthood annual reports)

But if Planned Parenthood is defunded, won’t all those people who rely on them for healthcare be left to fend for themselves? 
First, no one wants to take away healthcare from anyone, especially women and their families. According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports, 98% of all women won’t even step foot inside a Planned Parenthood all year, so they are wildly overstating their importance in the healthcare market.

Secondly, if Planned Parenthood is defunded, the money will be reallocated to FHQCs, which outnumber Planned Parenthood’s 16-to-1. FHQCs served more than 25 million people in 2015 versus Planned Parenthood, who served 2.5 million during the same time.

Better choices for women are usually right around the corner. Alternative women’s health options are on average less than five miles away from the nearest Planned Parenthood.

To find an FHQC near you, go to


As a non-profit, why can’t Planned Parenthood fundraise like other non-profits?
They do but maybe a lot of people don’t want to give over their hard-earned money to the nation’s largest abortion vendor.

However, Planned Parenthood had revenue of nearly $1.3 billion in 2014-2015. They have been boasting about “unprecedented” donations since the election. And they spent an incredible $30 million the last election cycle trying to get their favored candidates in office.

Seems like they will do just fine if the government stops funding them.


Why is defunding Planned Parenthood so important?
As the only national abortion chain to receive taxpayer dollars, they are the non-disputed leaders of the abortion movement in our nation. Their legal team has filed dozens of lawsuits in states to halt parental notification laws, to stop bans on late-term abortions, to bring laws to a standstill that would have required abortion facilities adhere to common medical and safety standards, and to force states to keep funding them.

Planned Parenthood is also a key player in the Washington, D.C.’s cycle of corruption, handing over 99% of the donations from their PAC to Democrats. In 2016, Planned Parenthood had a larger campaign operation than Hillary Clinton and bragged about spending more than $30 million as they failed to elect her. 

No other healthcare provider operates on that big of a political scale. The more than 10,500 FHQCs across the nation that provide the same services plus way more than Planned Parenthood (minus abortion) who aren’t spending millions on the election. Only Planned Parenthood does that.

Lastly, Planned Parenthood’s revenues dwarf other leading abortion advocacy groups.  The latest reports show that NARAL’s total revenue was $8.4 million and the National Abortion Federation’s was $2.3 million. Planned Parenthood’s total revenue in comparison? $1.29 BILLION. Their PR budget alone was over $4 million.

Planned Parenthood is THAT big of a player in the abortion industry

Once PP is defunded of our taxpayer money, they will have less t profit to subsidize their failing abortion facilities, less to spend on elections, less to use on lobbying against commonsense laws, and abortion as we know it will be on its way to collapsing in this country. 

Will Planned Parenthood’s all across the country close if they are defunded?

Not likely, and even if many did, patients will still have plenty of options for affordable healthcare.

From Live Action News:

For years, Planned Parenthood has been closing centers despite a steady increase in funding under the Obama administration. The Congressional Research Service found that the number of PPHAC affiliates and facilities has declined since 2009-2010, when PPFA reported having 88 affiliates (a 32 percent decline) and 840 health centers (a 21 percent decline). And, as of December 20, 2016, there are now only 650 Planned Parenthood centers, indicating a 22.67 percent decline.

In addition, Planned Parenthood patients have also decreased over the years. In 2014, Planned Parenthood saw 2.5 million patients — down a whopping 24.24 percent since 1996, when they saw 3.3 million and received far less government funding ($177.5 million in 1996 compared to $553.7 million in 2014). In contrast, FQHCs have increased the number of patients seen in each year since 2009. From 2009 to 2014, FQHC patients increased from 18.9 million to 22.9 million.


What if I’m pro-choice and think that Planned Parenthood should continue to be funded?
Even many Americans who identify as pro-choice are significantly uncomfortable with taxpayer-funded abortions. One poll in late 2016 showed 58% of Americans are against using taxpayer funds through Medicaid to pay for abortions. Another poll in 2015 revealed that 62% of Americans opposed taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45% of those who identify as pro-choice, 61% of Independents, 44% of Democrats and 65% and 61% of Africa-Americans and Latinos respectively.  

Continuing to fund Planned Parenthood is giving corporate welfare to an organization that continues to close facilities every year and serve less patients.

Another point to consider is that Planned Parenthood, several affiliates, and their business partners are currently under criminal investigation for laundry list of crimes including profiting off of the sale of the body parts of fetuses they aborted, compromising patient privacy, altering the abortion procedure to obtain better fetal tissue and thereby putting the health of the woman in danger, failing to comply with the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and failing to comply with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. For information on all these charges, see