Monday, July 11, 2011

Congressional Investigation of Planned Parenthood Considered

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wants his committee to examine a report issued last week by Americans United for Life [AUL] that raises questions about Planned Parenthood--and possibly hold hearings on the activities of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

For background, read Left Fears a Take-down of Planned Parenthood and also read Planned Parenthood Defunded by More States

UPDATE 7/27/12: Stearns calls Planned Parenthood to testify on death of mother by abortionist and on the organization's stonewalling of Congress

-- From "Report on Planned Parenthood Calls for Congressional Investigation" by Dave Bohon, New American 7/10/11

Following a study of more than 20 years of Planned Parenthood records, law enforcement reports, and other evidence, the AUL has released an intensive, 181-page report detailing what it charges are large-scale financial irregularities and circumvention of state laws committed by the nation’s leading abortion provider. During 2008-09 Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in government contracts and grants, while its affiliates were responsible for performing more than 332,000 abortions.

In an executive summary of the report, AUL noted that Planned Parenthood “often tries to underplay the significance of abortion to its business model. However, as this report details, abortion has a tremendous impact on Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. This is true to a greater degree each year, and Planned Parenthood has plans to expand its abortion business.” In fact, last year the abortion provider indicated its intention to further expand its abortion business by making it a requirement that each of its affiliates have at least one clinic performing the procedure by 2013.

Planned Parenthood’s own figures show that abortion accounted for at least $114.9 million of the $404.9 million the organization reported as “clinic income” during 2008 to 2009, AUL’s investigation found. And, according to the report, abortion has made up an increasing portion of Planned Parenthood’s income over the past 10 years — some 32 percent in 2001, 33 percent in 2006, and 37 percent in 2009.

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From "Stearns Says His House Subcommittee Should Hold Hearings on Planned Parenthood" by Pete Winn, 7/11/11

AUL released the 37-page report Thursday and distributed copies to every member of Congress, including Stearns.

“(AUL) also found as government funding of Planned Parenthood rises, so does the number of abortions. They found repeated instances of overbilling government health care programs,” [Stearns] said.

“I believe my Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee should review the findings of this report and possibly hold a hearing on why taxpayers are funding Planned Parenthood with its record of abuse and violations of state laws,” Stearns said. “The American people deserve a concrete reason for funding Planned Parenthood; a reason I do not believe (exists).”

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