Fact Sheet: Government Funding Sources for Planned Parenthood (2013-2015)

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

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According to a data point in Planned Parenthood’s annual report for 2016-2017, the organization received $543.7 million in funds from all levels of government in that fiscal year.[1]  These funds are largely from the U.S. government and primarily from the Medicaid program, which is the primary federal-state program paying for direct medical services to the poor, defined for most purposes as individuals and families with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty line (FPL).


After Medicaid, the Title X federal family planning program is the second highest government funding stream for Planned Parenthood. In addition, a variety of other federal programs, featuring grants, contracts, and other reimbursement schemes, provide tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.  A Government Accountability Office report released in March 2018 provides a list of the federal programs that provide such funding and allows construction of a table of amounts and rough percentages each conduit provides out of the national total.[2]


From 2013 to 2015, Planned Parenthood spent a total of $1.5 billion in federal program funds, including combined federal and state funds under federal programs. Of this total, Planned Parenthood received $1.2 billion in reimbursements from Medicaid, and the remaining $289 million came from various programs under the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice.[3]


[1] Available online at https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/71/53/7153464c-8f5d-4a26-bead-2a0dfe2b32ec/20171229_ar16-17_p01_lowres.pdf

[2] This information can be found in Enclosure V of the GAO report. The report is in the form of a letter response to Members of Congress; its subject line is “Health Care Funding: Federal Obligations to and Expenditures by Selected Organizations Involved in Health-Related Activities, Fiscal Years 2013-2015”; the report covers Federally Qualified Health Centers and three organizations including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates (Government Accountability Office, GAO-18-204R Federal Funds for Selected Organizations, March 8, 2018) at https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/690490.pdf

[3] CLI’s fact sheet on government funding sources of International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International is also available online here: http://lozierinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Gvmt-Funding-Internatl-Abortion-Orgs.pdf

[4] See Table 3 of the GAO report, pg. 6.

[5] Each insurance program includes state funds; this federal component shown is overstated.


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