Re­port seeks probe of Planned Par­ent­hood’s tax­payer dol­lars

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY CH­ERYL WETZSTEIN

A re­port re­leased July 7 on the Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica called for lawmakers to in­ves­ti­gate what the pro-life re­searchers called a “scan­dal­rid­den” group.

Re­searchers with Amer­i­cans United for Life (AUL) have ex­am­ined 20 years of records and found “sys­temic” fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and other abuses in Planned Par­ent­hood, said Char­maine Yoest, AUL pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“It’s re­ally, re­ally time to take a very hard look at [Planned Par­ent­hood] and what it is that they are do­ing with our money,” she said.

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.

A re­ac­tion from Planned Par­ent­hood was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

How­ever, Terry O’Neill, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women, praised Planned Par­ent­hood for its “hon­or­able and no­ble” en­deav­ors.

“Planned Par­ent­hood saves lives of teenage girls and women ev­ery day,” said Ms. O’Neill. “And that’s not some­thing that this Amer­i­cans United For Life, who­ever they are, can say about them­selves.”

Ms. O’Neill also crit­i­cized pol­icy pri­or­i­ties on Capi­tol Hill, say­ing that the cur­rent lead­er­ship “clearly cares more” about “sys­tem­at­i­cally de­priv­ing women of health care than they care about putting our econ­omy on the right track.”

Sep­a­rately, Planned Par­ent­hood has been vig­or­ously protest­ing state ef­forts to de­fund it over its abor­tion ser­vices.

“It is outrageous that Gov. [Scott] Walker would take away health care from thou­sands of women and fam­i­lies in Wis­con­sin,” Cecile Richards, pres­i­dent of Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica, said in late June, re­fer­ring to that state’s ac­tions to de­fund her or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In­di­ana, Kansas and North Carolina have also en­acted leg- is­la­tion to de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood. In In­di­ana, a fed­eral judge has granted a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion against the law.

The new AUL re­port is the cul­mi­na­tion of 40 years of track­ing Planned Par­ent­hood, said Mrs. Yoest. There have been scat­tered re­ports of “known and

Planned Par­ent­hood gets $363 mil­lion a year from tax­pay­ers, said Char­maine Yoest, Amer­i­cans United For Life pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive. “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 nowde­funct com­mu­nity ac­tivist group that was in­ves­ti­gated and of­fi­cially de­funded by Congress over its shady ac­tiv­i­ties.

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.”

“So the fact that they con­tinue to as­sert that they aren’t re­ceiv­ing fed­eral sub­si­dies for their abor­tion busi­ness is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve, and not sup­ported by the plain ev­i­dence,” said Mrs. Yoest. “Money is fun­gi­ble.”

Other top­ics ad­dressed in the AUL re­port, “The Case for In­ves­ti­gat­ing Planned Par­ent­hood,” in­clude re­port­ing child sex abuse, hu­man traf­fick­ing, the abor tion drug RU-486, emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion prod­ucts and parental-in­volve­ment laws.

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