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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Federally Qualified Health Centers Outnumber Planned Parenthood in West Virginia 28:1


By Carole Noveilli
Live Action News

Planned Parenthood operates just one facility in the state of West Virginia while Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) operate in many more locations and offer a wider range of services. In the debate over funding the nation’s top abortion provider, it is important to be aware that several states have just one Planned Parenthood facility. 

And while Planned Parenthood operates one center in West Virginia, in contrast, there are 28 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing services at 270 sites in the state, according to the Rural Health Info website.

In addition to having just one location, news reports indicate that the Vienna Planned Parenthood center in West Virginia, which refers for abortions, saw a minuscule number of patients compared to those seen by publicly funded health centers in the state.

While Planned Parenthood in WV saw approximately 960 patients in 2015, data published by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that in the same year, publicly funded health centers in the state saw almost 400,000 (399,213) patients.

Planned Parenthood, which masquerades as a health care provider, has been losing patients nationally as well.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards boasted that the organization served three million patients. By 2015, those numbers had dropped by more than 600,000 to 2.4 million. Nationally, the organization which now receives over $554 million in annual government revenue has been decreasing its services – all except abortion.

In FY 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions, accounting for 34.9 percent of the overall abortion market share in the United States. (This data is based on the latest abortion numbers published by Guttmacher.)

By FY 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood’s abortions rose to 328,348.

This was not the case for many other health services such as cancer screenings like Pap tests and manual breast exams, which decreased nationally at the abortion corporation. 

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report reveals that the organization’s contraception services are at their lowest in years (2,808,815), decreasing nationally nearly 30 percent since 2009, according to that year’s Annual Affiliate Service Census Report (4,009,549).


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