Today two Freshmen Republican congresspersons were joined by several of their veteran colleagues and Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life at a press conference calling for a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood in light of AUL’s recently released report documenting decades of malfeasance by the abortion giant.

Supporting Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL) (both pictured right) in the presser were Reps. Diane Black (R-TN), Steve Chabot (R-OH), John Fleming (R-LA), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Jean Schmidt (R-OH), and Chris Smith (R-NJ).

Prior to the news conference Ellmers wrote a letter to House members itemizing some of the charges against PP:

Among other offenses, the AUL Report outlines Planned Parenthood’s record of overbilling government health care programs, failing to report the sexual abuse of minor girls, violating state parental involvement laws, and opposing legislation introduced to protect women and young girls.

Yoest noted at the briefing that “as the government funding of Planned Parenthood has doubled since 1998, the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has also doubled.”

[Pictured above at the press conference, L to R: Reps. Chabot, Black (a former nurse), Ellmers (at the podium), Fleming, and Schmidt; click to enlarge.]

Yoest also noted discrepancies in the amount of taxpayer funding Planned Parenthood has actually received:

According to last year’s Government Accounting Office audit of Planned Parenthood, in the six years between 2002 and 2008, the abortion giant spent $657.1 million of taxpayer money, she said. “However, AUL’s legal team has documented that Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports from that same time period show over $2 billion in unspecified “government grants and contracts.” That’s a remarkable discrepancy. $657 million . . . or $2 billion. Which is it? And what was the money used for?

During this same time period, Planned Parenthood performed over 2 million abortions. The American taxpayer deserves an accounting from Planned Parenthood for its use of scarce tax resources, and they deserve to know just how much money is really flowing into the abortion industry.

Read Yoest’s complete statement here.

Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has expressed interest in holding a hearing following AUL’s release of its report but has not committed.

PP weakly attempted to rebut a few elements of AUL’s report, to which AUL immediately responded.

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