Republicans are working late tonight, holding up the federal budget—and threatening total government shutdown—in order to defund family-planning programs. In 2008, the Guttmacher Institute published a study about what happens when you do just that, and the results are frightening but unsurprising.
"Pro-life" Republicans are targeting Title X funding, which provides contraception and sexual health advice to millions of needy Americans, and more specifically Planned Parenthood, whose contraception and sexual health services (but not abortion services) are partially supported by Title X. In 2009, Planned Parenthood performed a total of 332,278 abortions (pdf), a number that congressional Republicans apparently find intolerable. According to Guttmacher, however, if the government were to cut all Title X funding, we could expect 406,000 more abortions every year—nearly three-quarters of a million if added to the Planned Parenthood abortions already performed.
The pie chart above depicts all the services Planned Parenthood centers around the country provided in 2009. As you can clearly see, only three percent of those services were abortions, while the majority of the other 97 percent were STD tests, contraception provisions, and cancer screenings. In other words, relative to its other services, Planned Parenthood does almost no abortions at all. And of the abortions it does provide, not a single one is paid for with federal funds.