What did the report say?
American Life League conducts an annual survey — the Planned Parenthood Facilities Report — to tally the number of Planned Parenthood clinics in the country, as well as how many of those clinics perform abortion procedures.
The group’s 2017 report said that Planned Parenthood operated 938 facilities at its peak in 1995, but that number has dropped to 597 clinics this year. Of those 597 facilities, 356 — nearly 60 percent — perform medical or surgical abortions.
What did activists say?
Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League, said in a statement: “The continuing decline of Planned Parenthood facilities belies its public relations hype.”
“The evidence is clear: The American people are fed up with Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The revelations about its business model and its callous disregard for the lives of human beings are taking their toll on the organization’s acceptance.”
He added that “while the numbers continue to show an organization in decline, we do not expect it to go quietly into the night.”
“We expect that Planned Parenthood’s leaders, along with its bought-and-paid-for politicians, will continue to spread the lies and demand the American people pay tribute to this satanic organization,” Sedlak said. “But, in the end, it will lose. The mounting evidence of Planned Parenthood’s decline gives us renewed optimism that the end of the organization may happen sooner than our most optimistic estimates of just two years ago.”
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment on the report.
While the number of Planned Parenthood clinics is shrinking, the organization’s most recent annual report indicated the group is performing more abortions. According to its 2015-16 report, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortion procedures in 2015, an increase from the 323,999 procedures it performed in 2014.