New AUL report on systemic Planned Parenthood malfeasance provides blueprint for Congressional hearings
The momentum for defunding Planned Parenthood at the state level is about to go national.
Today Americans United for Life is releasing the report, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” which analyzes the scandal-ridden abortion provider that taxpayers support with over $363 million annually.
AUL’s report, following years of legal research of more than 20 years of records, documents the known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, including the misuse of federal health care and family planning funds, failure to report criminal child sexual abuse, failure to comply with parental involvement laws, assisting those in engaged in prostitution and/or sex trafficking, and dangerous misuse of the abortion drug RU-486.
While other investigations have dealt with PP on a case-by-case, clinic-by-clinic, and state-by-state basis, this is the first comprehensive report/investigation to demonstrate systemic, organization-wide fraud and abuse that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, not local affiliates, must answer for.
Before other organizations have been defunded, they have often been investigated to determine if they deserve the continued generosity of the American taxpayer. The AUL report provides the foundation for deciding whether to fund Planned Parenthood at the state and federal levels.
“Americans United for Life is calling for a Congressional investigation and hearings into the nation’s largest abortion provider,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest in a press release. “This report provides the intellectual foundation for an investigation of Planned Parenthood as well as revealing gaps in the information available to the American taxpayer….”
Read AUL’s talking points on its report here.
More from the Washington Times last night:
Planned Parenthood gets $363 million a year from taxpayers, added Mrs. Yoest. “ACORN wasn’t getting that much money and yet we had hearings to look into how they were spending our money,” she said, referring to the now-defunct community activist group that was investigated and officially defunded by Congress over its shady activities….
There have been scattered reports of “known and alleged” abuses by Planned Parenthood, but nothing that “meticulously documented” this information until now, she said.For instance, regarding Medicaid fraud in Planned Parenthood, one might think it is just in California, but it is in other states too, she said. “When you start seeing a pattern like this, you just absolutely have to ask, ‘How pervasive is this?’ “
Mrs. Yoest said the data contests Planned Parenthood’s statements, such as its claim that abortion services are 3 percent of their business. “Their own documents show that 12 percent of their patients receive abortions,” and AUL estimates that 37 percent of Planned Parenthood’s income from clinics comes from abortion services, she said.
In addition, she said, as Planned Parenthood’s public funding has increased, “so has their abortion business.”
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