Ex-Planned Parenthood Abortion Business in California Faces Criminal IRS Audit
by Steven Ertelt
September 3, 2010
San Francisco, CA (LifeNews.com) — The regional affiliate of Planned Parenthood where teenager Holly Patterson died from using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug first lost its affiliation with Planned Parenthood in early August. Now, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate faces an audit form the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service.
The New York Times released a new report on Thursday detailing how an unnamed former employee interviewed with the Oakland field office of the IRS on Tuesday in response to a complaint he lodged with the governmental agency.
The employee, who would not let the Times name him for fear of his future job prospects, said he filed a two-part complaint about the abortion businesses’ problematic relationship with its political arm and about financial problems at the abortion business.
Therese Wilson, interim chief executive of the abortion business — which has since changed its name to Golden Gate Community Health following the disaffiliation — told the newspaper she brought in a forensics accountant to review its books and search for problems.
Theres been no evidence to date of any of that, she said, though she admitted the accountants found "inaccurate information."
Wilson told the Times the newly-named abortion business is "exactly the same entity with just a different name."
Meanwhile, officials with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion outfit, doing 25 percent of all abortions in the United States, are "scrambling," according to the paper, to replace the affiliate with new centers operated by other regional California affiliates in the areas where PPGG formerly operated.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America board voted in early August to remove their trademark from the PPGG affiliate, which runs centers in San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin, Alameda and San Mateo counties.
They were not meeting our standards for administrative and fiscal management, said Karen Ruffato, VP of affiliate services, told the Bay Citizen newspaper.
The decision means the local abortion business can’t rely on the Planned Parenthood name, nor can it benefit from its materials or purchasing power to get better rates on contraception and birth control.
Wilson told the Bay Citizen, We will continue our operations at all of our 7 sites. We are working really hard to keep our doors open."
Wilson said the abortion business would come up with a new name and focus on fundraising, as it has fallen on hard financial times because it no longer receives reimbursements from the state for Medi-Cal until a state budget is approved.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger and nurse, noted the disaffiliation and said it is the third time a local Planned Parenthood affiliate has been kicked out of the national abortion business.
"This is big news. PPGG is the most renowned if not biggest Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliate to fall to date," she said. "PPFA severed ties with PP of South Palm Beach and Broward Counties [Florida] in June 2008."
The first affiliate to lose its standing was a Planned Parenthood operating in Hawaii about 10 years ago.
In September 2003, 18-year-old Holly Patterson died after receiving the abortion drug Mifeprex, also known as RU-486, from the Planned Parenthood chapter.
PPGG came under fire for telling patients to take one part of the drug vaginally instead of orally, as recommended by the FDA. That resulted in the deaths of four California women who developed deadly bacterial infections as a result.
In December 2005, PPGG was accused of hiding an 11-year-old’s rape.
A testimonial posted on a California Planned Parenthood abortion business’ website regarding an 11-year-old rape victim sparked a call for an investigation into the organization’s handling of sexual abuse cases.
In the Shared Stories section of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s website, a client’s shared her story.
I was raped at 11, by my 17 year old boyfriend. I chose not to tell my parents because I didn’t think their involvement would help, that was the right choice for me. Planned Parenthood [sic] helped me deal with the aftermath of the rape allowing me to deal and cope as best as I could in my own way.
In response, pro-life leaders have called for an investigation, as Planned Parenthood is required by law to report cases of child abuse. The abortion business eventually removed the post from their web site.
And in August 2005, an online cartoon video PPGG sponsored drew sharp criticism because it advocated violence against pro-life advocates.
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