According to Planned Parenthood's annual report on page 18, they carried out 327,653 abortions in 2013.

The Guttmacher Institute says the average price paid for an abortion is $451.

This means Planned Parenthood makes upwards of $140 million each year from abortions.

The annual report says on page 21 their revenue from non-governmental health services is $305.3 million. That means 45% of this revenue is from abortion.

The rest of their revenue comes from federal funding and donations, except a $77.9 million from "other operating revenue".

In my mind, there is a difference between revenue from charging a client and revenue from funding and donations. The first is similar to how a for-profit company makes money for products and services rendered, which I would call "earned income". The second is like donations given to a non-profit company, which do not seem earned in the same way. I do not know enough about for-profit and non-profit companies to use better terminology.

Is it correct then to say that almost 50% of Planned Parenthoods earned revenue is from abortion?

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    Arithmetic quibble: median is not the same as mean. You can't multiply median price by number performed and expect to get total revenue. The figures you quote are consistent with the total revenue from abortions being as low as $77 million or as high as infinity. Aug 6 '15 at 3:14
  • The average is $450.
    – yters
    Aug 6 '15 at 15:26
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    This doesn't appear to be a notable claim, widely believed, but instead your speculation. If you want us to investigate the financial report, explain which figure you doubt.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 6 '15 at 15:59
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    @yters That would only be a single data point and without seeing the article in question I can't evaluate the quality of the citation either. It also doesn't refute my point either: the income from one service could be enough to support the majority of their other operations.
    – rjzii
    Aug 6 '15 at 17:26
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    @yters: The 50% stat is (a) heavily influenced by your arbitrary discounting of all the other revenue received, and (b) still not a notable claim because no-one else but you is claiming that it is true or false.
    – Oddthinking
    Aug 6 '15 at 22:56

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