...Plan B As "Loss Leader" for Planned Parenthood
The Rich Get Richer (But It Ain't Who You Think)
Point One: Check back here on this blog in oh, about, August 2027, when there will have been enough longitudinal evidence and studies showing the harm that this "morning-after pill" will have done to us women, just as has been the case for HRT.
The company projects that sales of Plan B will total about $80 million for 2007, almost double the total for 2006 and up eightfold from 2004...Planned Parenthood alone dispensed "633,756 Morning After Pills in 02-03 and 774,482 packs in 03-04. If 05 and 06 saw similar jumps of 140,000 year over year, then 2006 would have seen 1,054,480 dispensed.
It's likely that in 2007, at least 2 million Plan B packs were dispensed by Planned Parenthood alone, at a profit to PP of $20 a pop under their five year agreement:
Under a five-year agreement, Planned Parenthood would be able to buy Plan B from Barr at bargain-basement prices, undercut local pharmacies and clear an average $20 profit on each Plan B kit.That's $40 million profit to PP, but that's just chump change. The prochoice folks scream bloody hell about abstinence plans getting "more than $1.5 billion dollars...over the past decade," yet they forget to remind you about the over $3.5 billion of our taxpayer dollars given to Planned Parenthood in the two decades since 1987.
Further, they're ripping off women at the cash register. If the Plan B sales dollar figure increased eightfold from 2004 to 2007, the retail price must have skyrocketed. This would make sense: Barr Pharmaceutical would raise the price to cover the would-be loss from "bargain-basement prices" given only to Planned Parenthood.
Why would Planned Parenthood want to "undercut local pharmacies?" So they can build their clientele for the more lucrative abortion business.
Plan B is their "loss leader," to borrow the consumer products industry phrase.
Point Three: Hmmm. More Plan B equals fewer abortions?
Planned Parenthood alone did 255,015 abortions in 2004. This number is 4.2 percent higher than in 2003, while Plan B usage from Planned Parenthood alone soared 22.2 percent. That assumes each new user only used it once that year; after all, not even those who support Plan B recommend making it your oft-used birth control method. Even if each new user in 2004 used Plan B twice that year, that is still an 11.1 percent increase in people using it.
You can fool a lot of the people all the time, I guess. But not here, you can't.
Cross-posted on After Abortion