Pro-Life Group Renews Call for Planned Parenthood Investigation

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 12, 2011   |   10:21AM   |   Washington, DC

A national pro-life organization that released hundreds of pages of research material into the financial, anti-woman and other problems at the Planned Parenthood abortion business is renewing its call for an investigation.

Americans United for Life, last week, issued a new report featuring a groundbreaking analysis of the nation’s largest abortion business. The organization said it uncovered evidence of systemic financial irregularities within the abortion giant, which receives more than $363 million in federal and state taxpayer funding, and that Congress should investigate.

Its staff combed through 20 years of Planned Parenthood financial data and the report documents the known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, including the misuse of federal health care and family planning funds, failure to report criminal child sexual abuse, failure to comply with parental involvement laws, assisting those in engaged in prostitution and/or sex trafficking, and dangerous misuse of the abortion drug RU-486.

The abortion giant responded to the report claiming the information is false.

“We are proud of the trust millions of women place in us every year to provide high quality health care. We approach our work with a deep sense of responsibility to the patients we serve, and recognize that the importance of our work is growing because in many communities we are often the only source of affordable quality health care for women,” the abortion business said. “This so-called report is a politically driven attack by an organization opposed to birth control and expanded access to birth control. It uses discredited, recycled and misleading claims to attack Planned Parenthood and should be viewed with a skeptical eye.”

Now, AUL president Charmaine Yoest has replied to Planned Parenthood and she is reasserting the call for the investigation, which pro-life Rep,. Cliff Stearns of Florida, who heads a congressional subcommittee, says just may happen.

Americans United for Life today released an analysis and point-by-point rebuttal of Planned Parenthood’s “Fact-Check” of AUL’s  recent report. Yoest noted that Planned Parenthood’s response failed to address the most serious of the report’s claims including Planned Parenthood’s misuse of government funding and its failure to comply with state laws.

The unaddressed allegations include:

“It is time for Planned Parenthood to give an accounting for what it has done with millions in taxpayer support,” she said. “The report is one facet of AUL’s strategic plan to end taxpayer subsidies to the abortion industry, to protect women, and to effectuate legal rights for all human beings. The AUL report documents known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, and is intended to be a tool for use in investigating the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

“The AUL report substantiates, synthesizes, and gives clear direction for the case against Planned Parenthood, which enjoys one-third of a billion in taxpayer support as a result of its intensive lobbying efforts,” she continued.

Yoest also said Congress should allow the efforts of other states, which have already cut or eliminated Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding.

“A number of states have begun the process of defunding abortion providers, though the efforts in Indiana have garnered the most media attention. Those states include New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio,” she said.