March 30, 2019

After I tweeted a reminder about the movie “Unplanned” opening this weekend, my Twitter feed got the usual barrage of snark from the liberal Peanut Gallery, accusing critics of Planned Parenthood of wanting to slash women’s health services.  That is as ridiculous as the claims by some of them that they were going to unfollow me over that tweet (if they didn’t know I’m pro-life, why were they following me in the first place?)

So I thought this would be a great time for a refresher course on why supporting Planned Parenthood and supporting women’s health services are not in any way the same thing. And I’ll do it using PP’s own numbers.  These figures are from the annual reports that they’re required by law to issue (and if they weren’t, you can bet this would all be top secret.)

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PP denies that it is an abortion mill, despite former employees’ testimony that they are drilled to pressure patients to have abortions to meet quotas. (Sue Thayer, a former facility director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, testified to Congress in 2015 that Planned Parenthood “is more concerned about its bottom line than it is about the health and safety of women.”) 

Yet in 2018, PP clinics performed 332,757 abortions, 11,000 more than the previous year.  That’s the most that they’ve performed since 2011-12.  Depending on the study, that’s between one-third and one-half of all abortions performed in the US. 

Meanwhile, in virtually every other category of health services – pap tests, providing contraceptives, etc. – PP’s numbers decreased.  Adoption referrals fell by 1,000 from the previous year to less than 3,000.  That means that for every 118 babies they aborted, they sent one woman to someone who would help her baby be adopted (PP doesn’t deal with adoptions; they send you to someone else if they can’t talk you into an abortion.) The only service other than abortion that increased was tests and treatment of STDs.  

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PP proving more abortions and less of virtually everything else is a longterm trend.  The Daily Signal reported in 2016 that at that time, Planned Parenthood provided 30.1% of all abortions, but only 0.97% of all pap tests and 1.8% of breast exams.  Those were physical exams, not mammograms – PP clinics don’t even have mammogram machines; once again, they send you to someone else for that.  And if they discover you have high blood pressure during an exam, they have to send you to someone else to treat that, too.


Prior to that, an analysis by Susan B. Anthony List found that from 2009 to 2011, PP’s contraceptive services dropped by 12%, and its cancer screening and prevention services fell by 29%.  But can you guess what went up during that period?  That’s right: abortions. From 2009 to 2011, they aborted 995,687 children. 

The liberal howl that defunding Planned Parenthood would result in drastic cuts to vital women’s health services is nonsense.  There are only 650 PP clinics in the US (and as noted, they don’t even offer many vital services.)  Meanwhile, there are over 13,000 non-abortion-providing Federally Qualified Health Centers providing a full range of health services to women, and tens of thousands of private doctors who accept patients on Medicaid and other government programs. 

As National Review notes, some entire states have one, two or no PP clinics, but hundreds of FQHC clinics.  Even California, which has by far the most PP clinics in the US at 114, has many more FQHC clinics (nearly 1700), providing a full range of health services. 

The truth is that defunding Planned Parenthood would not mean “slashing women’s health care.”  If the half-a-billion dollars that taxpayers give to PP every year were diverted to full-service clinics instead, women could actually be provided with better, more comprehensive care.  And taxpayer money wouldn’t be going to prop up an organization whose real mission becomes more obvious with each passing year: “women’s health services” is just a front.  They’re actually in the death services business.  



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  • Vanessa Knutsen

    04/04/2019 02:22 AM

    Also inform young males.

    ...Women can test for pregnancy and get an abortion LONG before she shows!

    I said the above to a young guy who claimed to be prolife, but who I knew from reliable source, slept around.

    I pretended to not know that he slept around. But I could see he was...SHOCKED.

    He was possibly father to...a dead child.

  • Sally Jones

    04/03/2019 09:56 PM

    My sister in FL runs a crisis pregnancy center (Verity) in Fort Myers Florida. They don’t get government funds. They have to raise the money to keep it going and they are saving babies. They also provide other services. I’m so incredibly proud of her work and I wish our President could see their kind of work and find funding for their location and other places around the country. I don’t want my tax dollars going to the EVIL PP.

  • Shelia Mills

    04/02/2019 09:50 AM

    Mike Huckabee you are a God send to all that need the truth. Who knows you may have been put in this position for "such a time as this". God works in mysterious ways. Thank you for bringing us the truth. May God richly bless you in all you do.

  • Judy Pevonka

    04/01/2019 10:23 PM

    Mike, thank you so much for the information on what exactly PP is doing; I was one of those feeling that they offered services that we could not do without (and I'm NOT a Democrat!). With your statistics above, I now realize that they definitely SHOULD lose funding. Give the money to those who help women and for heaven's sake, let's make adoption in this country easier.

  • Carmen Price

    04/01/2019 02:33 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    Celebrating Vietnam Veterans in Reno, NV we had a big celebration and lunch for all the vets from NV. I lost a brother-in-law during the conflict and it was a special rememberance. Also several family members have been in the Military so this celebration was
    something special. I was seated at a table with one of the last surviving WWII veterans, what a pleasure he was, and didn't look his age
    at all.
    Thank you also for a great show over the weekend especially enjoyed hearing from the your "Huck's Hero", what a brave bunch of women
    and I plan to purchase some of their great products from Thisel Farms.
    Take care,
    Carmen Price

  • Frank Varner

    04/01/2019 10:12 AM

    Supporting Planned Parenthood brings a curse on humanity and will bring God's judgement upon those who do.

  • Charles Richard Morgan Jr.

    03/31/2019 09:18 PM

    I ask God for understanding of a company as Planned Parenthood could even exist and how the Democratic Party can be for infanticide or how this country has changed since being raised in the 50's.
    God Bless
    Mr. Huckabee

  • John McKinnon

    03/31/2019 09:14 PM

    I agree, but President Trump has signed at least 5 times, budgets that fund pp. As a pro life person, I do not support anyone who votes to fund pp.

  • John McKinnon

    03/31/2019 09:09 PM

    I agree, but President Trump has signed at least 5 times, budgets that fund pp. As a pro life person, I do not support anyone who votes to fund pp.

  • Ann Bruce de Pineda

    03/31/2019 07:57 PM

    Excellent statistics to support what the new director of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Wen, said on Amanpour. Her parents immigrated from Communist China. She made no bones about it. Abortion is the main work of Planned Parenthood, she proudly proclaimed.

  • Angelo Battisti

    03/31/2019 06:58 PM

    I have just returned from a showing of "Unplanned" and am now even more convinced of the primary purpose for Planned Parenthood is to perform abortions. This organization is a business not dissimilar from a slaughterhouse for animals. Taxpayer money provides the most heinous business in America with the latest equipment to quickly and efficiently kill babies.

  • Dot Whitley

    03/31/2019 04:25 PM

    I wonder how many of those precious babies might have done worthwhile things in their life times. If it's possible that God could forgive these totally depraved murderers they will most certainly do some awful grieving before they leave this world. If God doesn't grant them repentance they are going to be in some awful hell for eternity. This is serious business.I still find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn't want a precious baby. My goodness has there ever been anything more lovable, and adorable in this world? Just to know it's happening right now just breaks ones heart.
    When this all started the members from my church would stand by the roadside, and hold our Stop Abortion signs, and it never slowed it down. I have confessed my sin to God that we didn't go to Washington, and demand that it be stopped, and keep on demanding until it happened. Many people are going to be held accountable for this awful awful sin. It's sickening, and America will pay for doing it.

  • Bonnie

    03/31/2019 02:25 PM

    Mike, Planned Parenthood could get by without our tax dollars. If not they could close, because we need alternatives to abortions and the stop of murdering babies.

  • Sharron Paris

    03/31/2019 02:19 PM

    I have gotten into a number of arguments with local people who would love to argue these points. I usually refer them to the pertinent charts from the Planned Parenthood Annual Report which clearly shows how right you are. The sad thing is that you know with creative accounting the number is probably higher. I was surprised to find how little the group actually does do for women. Why are women so gullible? It is time for those promoting this infanticide to be silenced. Each one of them should be required to witness an actual abortion and physically clean up after one. I am sure that would be the creation of nightmares for a normal mentally healthy human being. In reality I am not sure it would have any effect on those who have no conscience to begin with.

  • Giovanni Catanese

    03/31/2019 01:56 PM

    Spending taxpayer funds for PP is a disgrace and immoral! Not all American support it so funds should be spent for items/issues that benefit ALL Americans. If the Liberals/Dems want to support abortion and other questionable initiatives, they can donate THEIR funds! Funds currently given to PP should be used for our military, Vets and needy senior citizens. Also, STOP wasting money on illegals!

  • Joseph

    03/31/2019 01:54 PM

    Our society has become something out of a sci-fi "B" rated movie. Democrats along with the stagnation of many Republicans have already created a zombie like civilization where humans walk around in a stupor not being able to see the reality of the real world and all the bad around them. When people can't or won't believe even those who worked in these dens of death then it truly is a time to eliminate those who have brought us to this cataclysmic period in our history.


    03/31/2019 01:39 PM

    Thank you being so brave as to provide the real truth about PP's massive genocide of unborn children. I went to see Unplanned yesterday and it's a powerful movie showing the reality of PP clinics. I also bought and am reading Dark Agenda which is really opening my eyes and giving me a better understanding of how our beautiful country has reached our present situation. Again, thank you for standing tall.

    Dave in NC

  • Margo E. Bombard

    03/31/2019 11:56 AM

    Hi Mike, I've been reading recently about this very subject and discovered that Roe vs. Wade, wasn't about the first trimester as I had been led to believe.. No, it allowed abortions up until the time of birth. I was outraged when I learned that New York was allowing this heinous act up until birth and then found that the law was not ever against it. I'd been hiding under the assumption that at least women would not have to go into dark alley's to have this done they would be allowed to go to hospitals and I felt many lives would be saved. Since reading this article, I've discovered that they, over the last 40 years since Roe vs. Wade was signed, can claim more than 160 million babies have been aborted by them in the US alone. The woman that started this horror was doing it because she believed that minorities should not be allowed to have children as they were not quite human and should under no circumstances be allowed to reproduce. Hence the reason that she put these so-called clinic's in poor neighborhoods, right where most of these minorities live. Up until Roe vs. Wade, it was against the law, a criminal action to abort a child. However, once we past this law, the US began pushing other nations across the globe to do the same. Most have, as they have a tendency to follow whatever America is doing. Untold billions of infants are being sent back to God. I'm sure that he has not been happy with the abortion state of affairs at this point,. Especially as they began selling baby part in order to fund their criminal activity. Taking care of women's health issues is nothing more than a sideline of their business. Abortion is the money maker. I am heartily sick of this. It's nice to see you are too. Thanks for listening.


    03/31/2019 10:19 AM

    Amen to that brother. Tell it like it is! Defund Planned Parenthood Today!

  • Elizabeth Edwards

    03/31/2019 09:48 AM

    Governor, Did I read correctly? That over 900 thousand abortions in two years? Nearly a million? That’s outrageous! We must stop funding Planned Patenthood immediately!

    It amazes me that even their title “Planned Parenthood” suggests the use of contraceptives in family planning. That is certainly contrary to aborting a conceived embryo.

    God forgive them for they know not what they do! And, thank you Governor Huckabee for your continued efforts in saving our children and our nation!

  • Donna Zaner

    03/31/2019 09:43 AM

    Thank you for exposing PP using facts. The idea of labeling abortion as a "womens healthcare right" is genius way for PP to say "killing babies". It has seeped in to our culture so deep that PP seems to take the caring, high moral ground. Thank you for consistently speaking and upholding biblical truth.

  • Ruben Simon

    03/31/2019 09:27 AM

    God bless you for telling us the truth!

  • Anita Mae Barker

    03/31/2019 09:10 AM

    Seems the abortionists hijacked the organization?

  • Audrey Skarness

    03/31/2019 08:33 AM

    Many years ago, Planned Parenthood meant just that. Pregnancies were planned. Women got pregnant because they planned it, and if it wasn't a planned pregnancy. they didn't kill the babies.

  • B.J. Jackson

    03/31/2019 08:26 AM

    Thank you for all you do. PP is "murder" on demand. My heart hurts for the precious babies. This nation will never be great again until we stop these butchers and call on God to save America. We are so in trouble. I pray for the POTUS and our leaders. I hope they will hear His voice and change their ways too. Jesus is our hope for now and in the world to come. I Believe!!