2017 has proven to be a year in which the American public continues to get a deeper look inside the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
Just last week it was announced that the Department of Justice was launching an investigation into the group's harvesting of fetal tissue from abortions and financial transactions with biotech firms, which was exposed in great detail in the summer of 2015 by The Center for Medical Progress.
Here are seven shocking facts Americans learned about Planned Parenthood this year. (Click arrow above image)
1. Planned Parenthood staffer admits name is 'deceptive,' we don't offer pre-natal care
One of the things Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, and elected Democrats have boasted about is the group's "pre-natal care" services. But other than a couple packs of pre-natal vitamins at very few locations, the pre-natal care services are simply not offered, contrary to their claims.
Pro-life investigative group Live Action has been at the forefront of exposing the abortion giant and its practices and when they visited 97 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation, only five responded that they offered pre-natal care of any kind, and even then they were giving them the benefit of the doubt.
When a Live Action investigator went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boise, Idaho, seeking prenatal care, a clinic worker admitted that the business' name is "deceptive," adding "if you are looking to terminate [your baby] we can do that."
Other Live Action investigators were told: "Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don't offer prenatal care," and "No, see, we don't see pregnant women as a way of giving prenatal care, we see pregnant women, um, you know, if they are considering other options."
2. Planned Parenthood worker admits 'it's a baby,' sobs in distress
Central to abortion rights messaging is that the unborn child is not really a baby, but a "fetus," or "tissue," or "product of conception." But the proverbial curtain is being pulled back not only by sonogram technology but by live accounts of what it is like inside an abortion clinic.
In July, Line of Fire Host Michael Brown, who holds a doctorate in Near Eastern languages, got a call from a woman who worked at Planned Parenthood in an administrative job for four months. The woman said she personally opposed abortion but took the job because it was well paying and she was a single mom. But she was feeling uneasy about being employed there.
Brown urged her to quit that job immediately, and subsequently asked her for more details about working in the clinic. She recounted a fellow clinic worker telling her, through tears:
"But there is a room in the back that is called a POC room — Products of Conception. It's where things are processed. They refer to it as either tissue or fetus but I saw it for the first time. It's a baby. It's not tissue.
"It's really bad. It is. It's a baby: there's legs, there's arms and there is eyes. It's a baby."
3. Planned Parenthood overcharges taxpayers by millions of dollars
For many years, the abortion giant continues to receive millions of dollars in federal grants, and pro-lifers have pressed for the group to be defunded.
But it turns out that the abortion group is also overcharging the government in other ways.
In January, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Charlotte Lozier Institute — the education arm of Susan B. Anthony List — released a report titled "Profit. No Matter What," highlighting its findings from available audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates and state family planning programs.
The report showed that not only was Planned Parenthood using tax dollars on abortion in violation of the federal law, the Hyde amendment, but that "waste by Planned Parenthood affiliates may be widespread" and that "such policies may be the result of, at a minimum, a policy of benign neglect over billing practices organization-wide by Planned Parenthood Federation of America's headquarters in New York City."
Fifty-one audits found "numerous improper practices" resulting in "significant Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments of more than $8.5 million to Planned Parenthood affiliates for family planning and reproductive health services claims."
4. Planned Parenthood tells black mothers it's safer to abort babies than give birth, sparking outrage
CP reported on Nov. 1 that Planned Parenthood Black Community wrote on Twitter: "If you're a Black woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats."
Sebastian Gorka, former special assistant to President Donald Trump who resigned from his White House post in August, blasted Planned Parenthood.
PPBC dismissed him and others who criticized their tweet as "trolls."
"Planned Parenthood now DIRECTLY targeting unborn Black American children. Just like their founder white supremacist eugenicist M. Sanger," Gorka wrote.
Yet Sanithia Williams, an OB/GYN who is also an abortion provider, posted: "It's true. It's safer to have an abortion than give birth for ALL women. Instead of more Ab laws we need to focus on making birth safer!!"
Planned Parenthood's racially charged history is well-documented, with much of the controversy surrounding the group centering on a 1939 letter from the organization's founder, Margaret Sanger, targeting black pastors, in which she wrote: "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
5. Pizza parties and paid time off for meeting abortion quotas
The mantra for many supporters of abortion rights for many years was an expressed desire to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare."
However, many people still believe that Planned Parenthood office practices were purposefully designed to increase abortions, a Live Action investigation found.
Earlier this year, Live Action interviewed former Planned Parenthood staffers who could no longer believe in the mission of the abortion group in light of how they were promised rewards for meeting designated quotas of abortion referrals.
"Every center had a goal for how many abortions were done and centers that didn't do abortions, like mine, that were family planning clinics, had a goal for the number of abortion referrals," said Sue Thayer, a former Iowa affiliate manager, as CP reported in February.
"It was on this big grid and if we hit our goal, our line was green. If we were 5 percent under, it was yellow. If we were 10 percent under, it was red," Thayer explained. "That's when we had a corrective action plan — why we didn't hit the goal, what we were going to do different next time. So we were really very goal oriented."
She added that her clinic and others would receive prizes like pizza parties or lunches with Planned Parenthood "upper management" officials to incentivize employees to do everything they could to help the clinic meet its abortion "goal."
Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that has been campaigning against Planned Parenthood, released part of a "chilling" 911 call a mother made last year upon discovering her daughter had died following an abortion at a clinic in Michigan.
The mother of Cree Erwin-Shepard, the 24-year-old woman who died following complications due to the abortion on June 30, 2016, can be heard sobbing in the 911 call, where she says: "My daughter is cold. My daughter, I think she's dead."
Erwin-Shepard fell violently ill after her abortion last year at a Planned Parenthood facility, and ended up in an emergency room in Michigan on July 2, 2016.
An ultrasound there reportedly showed clotting, and parts of the slaughtered baby in her uterus, which was perforated. The young woman was sent home on pain medication before her mother, whose first name wasn't provided, found her lifeless body two days later.
7. Planned Parenthood's new parenting guidelines say genitals 'don't make you boy or girl'
Transgender ideology has made significant strides in recent years, most notably the increase in social acceptance of the belief that gender can be self-determined regardless of a person's DNA or genitals. And the abortion giant has joined the chorus of voices saying as much.
In a page from its online advice guidelines, titled "How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?" Planned Parenthood addressed the question of how parents ought to react when their preschoolers ask why males and females have different body parts.
"While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys have penises/testicles, that answer isn't true for every boy and girl," the website reads, "Boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities 'boy' or 'man' have vulvas, and some with the gender identity 'girl' or 'woman' have penises/testicles."
"Your genitals don't make you a boy or a girl."
Planned Parenthood further suggested: "You may want to emphasize that it doesn't matter too much what parts someone has — that doesn't tell you much about them."
The guidelines came about around the same time Planned Parenthood clinics started offering transgender hormone services, such as male-to-female and female-to-male hormone therapies.