The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate the use of federal funds by Planned Parenthood.In Minnesota, Planned Parenthood ended the lives of 3,917 unborn children in 2012. They account for over 36% of abortions performed in the state.
The probe was announced by Representatives Diane Black (R–TN), Pete Olson (R–TX), Chris Smith (R–NJ), and Senator David Vitter (R–LA).
The announcement comes as Planned Parenthood, which received more than half a billion in tax dollars in one year alone, faces numerous accusations of fraud and claims of unsafe conditions at some of its abortion clinics.
Despite the organization’s prominence—performing roughly one of every four abortions in America—Planned Parenthood has ridden the waves of taxpayer funding to millions of dollars in annual surpluses. Planned Parenthood received over $542 million in taxpayer dollars during 2011 alone, all the while performing a record 333,964 abortions. In that year, like many before it, Planned Parenthood saw a very comfortable income, reporting excess revenues exceeding $87 million and net assets of more than $1.2 billion.
The announcement of the GAO’s investigation comes just a few weeks after Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast agreed to pay over $4 million to settle claims of Medicaid fraud. State audits of family planning programs have indicated similar abuse and fraudulent practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates to the tune of over $8 million across 12 states. The lucrative abortion provider is also currently embroiled in at least four whistleblower lawsuits claiming that Planned Parenthood overbilled Medicaid programs.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Planned Parenthood to be audited for how it uses taxpayer dollars.
It was announced recently that the GAO was going to audit Planned Parenthood, the abortion group which performs 333,000 abortions each year while also receiving $542 million a year in taxpayer subsidies. Talk about one group which should be cut off from government funding; Planned Parenthood should be at the top of the list.