(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, performed 327,653 abortions in one year, according to the latest data published in its 2013-2014 report.
From Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. Over the course of those 365 days (or 8,760 hours), that averages out to 898 abortions per day and 37 abortions per hour.
Planned Parenthood has come under increased scrutiny recently after a video surfaced showing its senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing the harvesting of baby body parts.
Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero defended the practice, saying “we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does – with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.
“In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field,” Ferroro said in a statement.
Three Republican-led congressional committees plan to hold hearings on the matter, and several members of Congress, as well as GOP presidential candidates, have called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.
House Speaker John Boehner has also called on President Barack Obama to condemn and end the practice.