Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions in FY2017 (2017-2018), meaning Buffett’s foundation’s $76.9 million would have paid for 46 percent of the abortions Planned Parenthood performed in FY2017.
Left-wing outlet Vox, in a Sept. 17 article headlined “How billionaire philanthropy provides reproductive health care when politicians won’t,” heaped praise on the foundation’s years of abortion funding, touting that “the foundation has spent $1.5 billion on abortion access in the US from 2001 to 2014, making it the largest single funder in the area.”
Using Guttmacher’s own statistics on the average abortion cost for 2014 ($500), $1.5 billion is enough to pay for a frightening number of abortions at 10 weeks pregnancy — around 3,000,000.
A tally of Planned Parenthood’s annual reported abortion counts going back from 2013-2017 suggest that the organization performed at least 1,305,793 abortions. This means that the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation’s $1.5 billion in funding that Vox praised across thirteen years is enough money to have paid for more abortions at 10 weeks pregnancy (3,000,000) than what Planned Parenthood performed in total abortions (1,305,793) between a roughly four year period.
Through the foundation he financed with more than $3 billion of his own money, Buffett previously gave $1,230,585,161 to abortion groups worldwide from 2001 to 2012. These groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Population Council, either campaign for pro-abortion legislation, perform abortions themselves, or helped develop the controversial abortion drug RU-486. Buffett gave an additional $21 million to these groups between 1989 and 1996.
At the time, the $1.2 billion that Buffett gave to these organizations between 2001-2012 was enough to pay for the abortions of more than 2.7 million babies in the womb.