Sunday, March 29, 2015

Taxpayers' $Billions to Abortionists: Gov't Report

This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigatory arm of Congress, released a report documenting the unprecedented funding by the Obama administration of Planned Parenthood and five other organizations that promote abortion and population control to the tune of more than $1.5 billion over a three-year period (2010-2012).
“It is unconscionable that the federal government would fund Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups which prefer profit over life.”
-- Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri)
UPDATE 9/5/15: ObamaCare Funnels $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

ObamaCare Lies: Taxpayers Now Fund Abortions, Says Government Study

Planned Parenthood Reports its Abortions & Profits Increased Last Year

Taxpayers Provide Almost Half of Planned Parenthood's $Billion$

Planned Parenthood's Goal is to Defraud Taxpayers

Planned Parenthood Faces $5.5 Billion (with a "B") Fine for Fraud

Also read Planned Parenthood President Asks, Who Cares When Life Begins?

In addition, read how Planned Parenthood teams up with schools by providing "kinky sex trainers" for kids across America.

-- From "GAO reports on federal aid to groups that perform, advocate or study abortions" by Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune 3/25/15

Six groups that perform abortions, advocate for the right to the procedure, or study family planning issues received over $441 million in federal funding in the three years between 2010 and 2012, according to a congressional report requested by anti-abortion lawmakers.

There's no indication from the report that the money went for abortions, but the lawmakers, including Sen. David Vitter, R-La, said it affirms their view that Congress should pass legislation that bars any federal funding for groups that perform abortion.

"Taxpayer funding should in no way support abortions," Vitter said. "But when we hand out funding to groups like Planned Parenthood, we know exactly where it's going -- they proudly admit that the majority of their pregnancy-related resources go toward abortions. We can't let this federal support come at the expense of millions of unborn children."

To read the entire article above, CLIC HERKE.

From "Olson, Black, Smith and Vitter respond to GAO report revealing federal funding of abortion advocates" posted at The Journal (Friendswood, TX) 3/25/15

The report found that the six organizations spent $481 million in federal funding from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012, as well as about $1.2 billion in combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) spent the greatest share of this public funding – approximately $1.5 billion in combined state and federal dollars, or an average of about $500 million each year. Olson, Black, Smith, and Vitter led more than 60 House and Senate Members in calling for this study in February 2013. They released the following statements:

“It shouldn't take a GAO request from Congress for the American public to know where their tax dollars are being spent. Yet, since I've been in Congress, this is the only way we can get answers. That's why I continue to demand transparency and fight to stop organizations like Planned Parenthood from receiving a single tax dollar. I will continue to do all I can to prevent taxpayers from being forced to support organizations that promote or perform abortions. Greater transparency is critically important and precisely what these groups seek to avoid,” said Congressman Pete Olson.

To read the entire press release above, CLICK HERE.

From "Hartzler Responds to GAO Report Revealing Federal Funds Going to Abortion Advocacy Groups" by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), posted at KOLR-TV10 (Springfield, MO) 3/25/15

The GAO report, which was released on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, stemmed from a request in 2013 from a group of pro-life members of Congress for up-to-date information regarding federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

According to its 2013-2014 annual report, Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing 327,653 abortions in 2013 (last reported year). That is an average of 898 abortions every day, 37 abortions every hour, 3 abortions every 5 minutes and more than 1 abortion every two minutes.

During this same year, according to its own statistics, Planned Parenthood only provided 1,880 adoption referrals and 18,684 prenatal services.  This means that in 2013, abortions made up 94.1% of these three pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 5.4% (18,684) and .5% (1,800), respectively.

To read the entire press release above, CLICK HERE.

From "U.S. taxpayers gave Planned Parenthood, other abortion advocates $1.5 billion over three years: GAO report" by Dustin Siggins, 3/27/15

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided an update to a 2010 report on funding provided to Advocates for Youth, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Council, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

The report examined federal funding for the organizations -- including those dollars furnished through state offices, such as Medicaid funding -- as well as how the groups spent the money.

The GAO examined a total of $19 billion sent to, and $10 billion spent by, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Approximately $107 million of the direct federal funding for the six groups came from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Another $128 million for Population Council and Planned Parenthood came from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Planned Parenthood Received $1.5 Billion in Taxpayer Funds Over Three Years, Gov't Report Finds" by Samuel Smith, Christian Post Reporter 3/26/15

The report, which was compiled after a group of over 60 pro-life Congress members led by U.S. Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Chris Smith, R-N.J. and Pete Olson, R-Texas, sent a letter to GAO in February of 2013 asking for data on the how much federal funding was expended by six major organizations who advocate and or perform elective abortion-on-demand from 2010-2012.

Although the Hyde Amendment, which was made law in 1976, prohibits the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, elective abortion providers and supporters are able to secure federal funding because of the other services they offer, senior policy advisor for the Christian pro-life activist organization Operation Rescue, Cheryl Sullenger, previously told The Christian Post.

"The Obama Administration is committed to advancing a pro-abortion agenda and continually has placed the demands of abortion advocates and providers at the top of its public health agenda for six years [and] all the expenses [are] the taxpayers," said the director of Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, in a press release.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Government cash keeps Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in business" by Genevieve C. Plaster, Charlotte Lozier Institute, posted at National Review 3/27/15

GAO found that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates alone received $344.5 million in federal funding, and a whopping $1.5 billion in taxpayer money overall when state funds received through Medicaid are included. With a majority of Americans opposing taxpayer funding of abortion, the GAO report highlights the pressing need to defund Big Abortion — if not out of respect for the unborn, then at the very least out of respect for the wishes of the taxpayer.

According to the study,
The six organizations reported expending over $482 million in federal funding from fiscal year 2010 though fiscal year 2012. The six organizations reported expending funding they received directly and indirectly from federal agencies, including HHS and USAID, as well as the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice.
To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Most Americans Oppose Abortion, According to Polls

And read Gallup Poll: Americans Want Abortion Laws Changed