Planned Parenthood long has marketed itself as a "health-care" provider for women, downplaying abortion, but its own annual report documents hundreds of thousands of unborn babies killed.
And its president, Leana Wen, recent affirmed the organization's "core mission."
"Our core mission is providing, protecting, and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight," she said.
Planned Parenthood's annual report for fiscal 2017 shows it performed a total of 332,757 abortions. That's an increase of 11,373 from 2016 and the most abortions it has performed annually since 2012.
Liberty Counsel notes Planned Parenthood, which depends on the government for about 37 percent of its income, has insisted that abortion is only 3 percent of all its services rendered.
But between Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, Planned Parenthood performed nearly one-half of all abortions in the U.S. , an average of 911 each day.
In the year ending June 30, 2018, it received a total of $563.8 million in government funding, an increase of $20.1 million from received the previous year.
"Planned Parenthood's annual report reveals that its mission is aborting innocent babies," said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
"Abortion is not health care. It is the intentional act of killing a human being. This is human genocide for profit," said Staver.
Abortion has been in the news in the past week with the passage of a bill by New York's legislature that allows abortion up to the time of birth "if the mother's health is at risk." That exception, however, is broadly interpreted, allowing abortion legally in nearly every case.
Now, Virginia lawmakers are proposing a similar bill.
Heartbreaking... This isn't in New York, this isn't in California, this happened just this week right here in Virginia. @VAHouseDems proposed legislation to provide abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath. Watch for yourself. pic.twitter.com/AxgPVyI6kU
— VA House GOP (@vahousegop) January 29, 2019
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, stirred controversy Wednesday when he suggested babies born alive could be aborted.
"When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way," Northam said.
"And it's done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that's non-viable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion."
CBS News reported his comments prompted a swift backlash.
"This is horrific," Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted. "Dem Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician himself, is defending born-alive abortions: 'The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired.'"