Skip to comments.72 Members of Congress Call for Investigation of Planned Parenthood
Posted on 03/07/2013 12:37:18 PM PST by Morgana
Seventy-two members of the U.S. Congress have signed a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting updated detailed information about government grants to Planned Parenthood.
Leading the effort to uncover information about government money being funneled to Planned Parenthood are Representative Pete Olson of Texas and Representative Diane Black of Tennessee. The request asks for more information following a GAO report compiled and released in 2010 at the request of 31 members of Congress that raised more questions than it answered. While Planned Parenthoods annual reports show it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs from 2002 to 2008, the Planned Parenthood audits relied upon by the GAO in compiling the expenditure report could only account for expenditures of $657.1 million during the same time period.
[The difference is] not pocket change, STOPP national director Rita Diller noted in her Washington Times article, Planned Parenthoods missing millions, in June of 2010. Why the discrepancy?
Following the 2010 GAO report, Diller called on Planned Parenthood to come clean and let taxpayers know how it was spending their hard-earned money. Clarification, of course, was never provided by the abortion giant.
The recent congressional request to the GAO is for current information detailing which organizations are providing optimal health services and best using taxpayer dollars. It requests updated information provided in the 2010 report, and requests additionally the inclusion of family planning services provided by Community Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers, including a comprehensive list of the services and the number of individuals served in each category.
Specifically, members of Congress are trying to find out the amount of federal funding received by several organizations including Planned Parenthood; when and how the funds were disbursed; the agency, grant, or program that was the source of the funding; and how many health services were provided, along with the number of individuals served.
When STOPP inquired on Capitol Hill why the 2010 GAO report did not account for the expenditure of allor even mostof the federal funds received by the abortion giant from 2002 to 2008, we were told that Planned Parenthood did not release the information because it was not required by law to do so. That is why the GAO had to rely on audited reports that were publicly available to ascertain how Planned Parenthood had spent the funds.
Will Planned Parenthood come clean this time around and give its financial records to the Government Accountability Office? Or will it continue to receive billions of dollars of taxpayer money with no real accountability for how those funds are spent? Given its past history, it will be nothing short of a miracle if Planned Parenthood lays all its cards on the table.
I’m hoping that Republicans are taking notice with regards to the recent sequestration non-event. The biggest weapon in the Democrat arsenal is fear, and if it’s eventually proven that fear is unfounded, people start taking notice of the “wolf crying” and stop believing elected officials.
As such, I believe it would be in the Republican’s best interests to discuss defunding of Planned Parenthood and to call the Democrat’s bluff when they say that will mean women dying on the streets. We all know that won’t be the case, because Planned Parenthood isn’t legally allowed to perform abortions anyway. The fact that they’ve been caught supporting and providing abortions indicate a legal conundrum upon which the Republicans should seize a moment for an advance.
The chinks in the Democrat armor are starting to show, and I believe an adequate assault on them with truth will be enough to shatter their glass houses and give social conservatism a well-deserved win.
It’s been asked before- and this is not an original thought of mine -
but why does the government give money to a private organization of any kind, let alone Planned Parenthood?
By that act, why not then give money to churches, YMCA, Red Cross etc?
Nothing will happen. This is the high place of worship for feminazis everywhere. democrats are in debt to them for their donations.
Planned Parenthood is receiving $540 MILION dollars this year while kids are being kept from the White House and the VA and Tricare medical services are being cut off of many many drugs, supplies and services.
$540,000,000 for something most don’t want to be involved with, much less PAY for.
We are not being represented.
that nut who’s famous for getting shot down and put into prison and Lady Graham are going to shrivel up and go away like bad characters in a Tolkkein story as soon as, and no later than, some one comes in and fights for the Constitution, as is proper order.
I’ll never understand why we give grants to abortion mills.
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