IRS Denying Pro-Life Groups’ Nonprofit Status Motivated by Planned Parenthood?

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 16, 2013   |   10:39AM   |   Washington, DC

The Obama administration’s IRS scandal involving discrimination against pro-life organizations continues to grow. The latest report shows the Internal Revenue Service denying tax exempt status to pro-life organizations may have been motiviated by the nation’s biggest abortion business.

The Washington Examiner has more on the Planned Parenthood-IRS connection:

IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

“In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”

Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed the massive IRS scandal this afternoon and promised it would never happen again.

I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again,” he promised.



The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced he will hold a hearing on the IRS scandal. The federal agency has targeted pro-life groups as well as conservative and religious organizations.

In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. A top pro-life legal group also informed LifeNews that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations, in addition to those identified as ‘tea party’, ‘patriot’, or ‘government spending’ groups.