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Florida Republican says abortions make up 37 percent of Planned Parenthood revenues

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Yesterday we saw a pretty interesting exchange between state Rep. Ronald Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach and Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

"In 2008, Planned Parenthood, they put out a report, and it showed that they did 305,000 abortions and the average cost was $450," Renuart said. "Their total income for Planned Parenthood alone was $374 million, of that $137 million was actually for abortions. So that's almost 37 percent of the total income from Planned Parenthood is from abortions. And to me, it sounds like they don't want to lose business."

Kunkel, standing at a lectern where audience members can address the committee, later said Renuart was mistaken. "Mr. Renuart, 97 percent of the services that Planned Parenthood provides currently in Florida is prevention and education," she said.

But Renuart stood his ground.

"What I was quoting was a 2008 Planned Parenthood report," Renuart said. "That comes from Planned Parenthood mobile on my Blackberry here. Now are you claiming that, nationally, your organization is misrepresenting statistics and sending out false reports?"

PolitiFact Florida checks out Renuart's bottom line -- that almost 37 percent of the total income from Planned Parenthood comes from abortions.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:48pm]

    

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