For the first time, a professional sports team has announced a partnership with abortion provider Planned Parenthood. The WNBA Champions, Seattle Storm have announced that they will launch a partnership with the organization on July 18, during its Stand with Planned Parenthood event.
The event is scheduled to occur during the team’s only nationally televised game, and will include a rally and silent auction to raise money. The team says it will donate five dollars for every ticket sold during the event to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.
CEO Christine Charbonneau says the organization is “thrilled” about the new partnership and applauds the Seattle Storm owners for the support.
— espnW (@espnW) June 15, 2017
Dawn Trudeau, co-owner of the team, said Planned Parenthood has allowed many to enjoy “the freedom to chart the course of their own lives in directions that may not otherwise have been possible,” ostensibly by providing women a place to end inconvenient pregnancies.
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) June 16, 2017
Planned Parenthood has been the subject of multiple congressional investigations, with both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel referring the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, some of their affiliates and three of their business associates to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Some of the investigations surround allegations that Planned Parenthood representatives were attempting to sell infant body parts for profit.
According to Breitbart, Planned Parenthood reports they performed 4,349 abortions in their recently released annual report. They also reported 2,808,815 contraception services were provided in 2015-2016, a drop from the 2,945,059 they provided in 2014-2015. The organization admits the total number of patients it sees is in decline, as 2.4 million women were served according to its latest report and 2.5 million women were served in the previous year.
Despite the decline, abortion continues to be big business, as Planned Parenthood’s annual report shows that revenue is up. In 2015-2016, total revenue is reported to be $1,354.3, an increase from the $1,296.1 million reported in 2014-2015. They also show an increase in government reimbursement and grants this past year, reporting $554.6 million in taxpayer funding was received. The last report from 2014-2015 showed $553.7 million in taxpayer funding.
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