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placeholder  September 7, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

Under fire after a series of recent sting videos, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's CEO Cecile Richards, above, says reimbursement for tissue falls under the exceptions in the law that allow "for actual expenses (e.g. storage, processing, transportation, etc.) of the tissue."
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Government funds 80% of
Bay Area Planned Parenthood operations

Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in the Bay Area receive more than 80 percent of their funding from the government, with more than 50 percent distributed by the state of California's Office of Family Planning which serves 1.8 million low-income Californians, according to Planned Parenthood's annual reports.

Planned Parenthood
Mar Monte

• Government funding $77.9 million of $93.5 million budget for 2013-14

• Clinics and outreach centers in 16 California counties, including Alameda, and 1 county in Nevada

• CEO Linda Williams' salary in 2013 was $352,827

Planned Parenthood Northern California
• Government funding $36.8 million of $44.1 million budget for 2013-14

• Clinics and outreach centers in 11 counties, including Contra Costa

• CEO Heather Estes' salary in 2013 was $220,669
Government funding of the Bay Area Planned Parenthood affiliates — which cover most of Northern and Central California — is double the percentage of government funding for Planned Parenthood nationally. Planned Parenthood, including headquarters and all its affiliates, received $528 million from the government in fiscal year 2013-14 which was 41 percent of its budget, according to Planned Parenthood's 2014 annual report.

"Obviously, the state lavishes money on Planned Parenthood, resulting in the much higher percentages of government money at these affiliates as compared to the national average," said Katie Short, vice president of legal affairs for the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life legal nonprofit. "And those percentages will probably go up, since the Legislature just approved a 40 percent increase in the reimbursement rate for abortions" in June of 2014.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, which includes San Mateo County, received 83 percent of its $93.5 million budget for 2013-14 from federal and state government sources. Planned Parenthood Northern California, which includes San Francisco and Marin counties received 84 percent of its $44 million budget from government sources. Overall, the seven California affiliates, with 112 clinics, averaged 76 percent funding from the state and federal government, according to information in federal tax filings and annual reports compiled by American Life League, a pro-advocacy group headquartered in Virginia.

Because the federal government is barred by the Hyde Amendment from allocating funds for abortion, most direct funding for abortion is state money.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has the biggest budget of any Planned Parenthood in the country, with $93.5 million in revenues for fiscal 2013-14, according to its annual report and a June 2015 report by the American Life League's STOPP Planned Parenthood on executive salaries. Government funding adds up to $77.9 million, or 83 percent of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte's funding, according to its annual report.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte operates a clinic on El Camino Real in Redwood City and another one at 29 Baywood Ave., San Mateo. In total, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte operates clinics in 16 California counties and one in Nevada. The 16 California counties are Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare and Yolo counties. It also operates in Washoe County, Nevada.

Planned Parenthood Northern California, which operates in San Francisco, Marin County, and most of northern California, had annual revenue of $44.1 million in fiscal year 2013-14, according to its 2014 annual report. It received 84 percent or $36.8 million of its budget from government funding, according to its annual report for fiscal year July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, the most recent annual report on its website. It is has the fourth biggest budget of all affiliates in the U.S., with Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliates at second and third, according to the ALL analysis.

Planned Parenthood Northern California operates a clinic at 1650 Valencia St. and one at 1294 Potrero Ave. in San Francisco and another clinic at 2 H St., San Rafael. It operates a total of 22 clinics in San Francisco, Marin, Butte, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Overall, the seven California Planned Parenthood affiliates, which operate 112 centers, receive more than 76 percent of their overall funding or $149.7 million from the government, according to American Life League. The annual reports do not break down which funding is directly from the state. Much of the federal money is distributed by the state.

"Planned Parenthood's gross income comes from three main sources, which have historically split pretty evenly," said Vicki Evans, Respect Life coordinator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. These include income from clinic operations, contributions and bequests and government grants and contracts. "Thanks to its extensive lobbying activities, government-sourced income now dwarfs the other sources."

Short said Planned Parenthood's political activism runs into the millions in political contributions. For instance, she said, "Planned Parenthood Mar Monte gave a total of $2.25 million in '05, '06 and '08 to defeat parental notification" ballot initiatives that would have allowed parents or guardians to be notified if a minor daughter was seeking an abortion.

Last year, the state budget increased abortion funding by 40 percent, allocating an additional $5.5. million at the same time it continued a 10 percent cut in all other hospital and provider fees, which California Catholic Conference president, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, said endangered access to care for all women and families participating in the Medi-Cal Program, calling it "insanely distorted health care" in a June 2014 statement.

"At a time when the state claims it is too poor to fully fund health care for nearly 10 million people, and women are struggling to find providers to give them basic medical care, the state returns a political favor by giving extra money to abortion providers," Bishop Soto said.

"These statistics demonstrate the stranglehold Planned Parenthood, with the connivance of the state government, has on the people of California — especially poor women," said Eva Muntean, co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coast, which annually draws in excess of 50,000 people to walk for life in San Francisco near the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. "At the same time it makes all the more apparent the need for outreach like the Walk for Life West Coast, and it strengthens our resolve to be a voice of life and hope for women who might otherwise fall into their clutches."

(All information from 2014 annual reports of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Northern California except salary data from American Life League June 2015 report.)

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