At a small rally held today by NJ Planned Parenthood’s Political organization, Phil Murphy told the abortion activists that “he had their back” and promised to increase funding to them well over $7.4 Million if he wins the election in November for Governor.
“NJ voters should be alarmed that a billionaire candidate is promising to spend millions of our taxpayer dollars to fund a partisan, political organization who have a well documented record in NJ of waste, fraud and abuse and history of paying their employees exorbitant salaries totaling over $11 Million dollars a year,” said NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy.
Record of Waste, Fraud and Abuse
The U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services performed an audit during the period when our state funded Planned Parenthood and uncovered a consistent problem with New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the NJ Planned Parenthood abortion business. The government audit found that they were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning.
An initial audit revealed New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90 percent rate for 160,955 prescription drug claims that were billed as family planning, but did not qualify as family planning services. A letter from the Inspector General to New Jersey officials recommended that New Jersey repay $2,219,746 to the federal government. See p. 5 of the audit.
In 2011, an employee at Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey in Perth Amboy, NJ was caught on video willing to aid and abet undercover investigators posing as sex traffickers of minors.
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In addition, a 2011 inspection performed by the surveyors from the Dept of Health found 39 deficiencies for Planned Parenthood of Mercer Area for, among other things, improper use of syringes and compounds, improper training and qualifications of staff on pain management and health care counseling (including abortion services), failure to have an infection control program in place, failure to have hot running water in facility, failure to require physical exam for staff and failure to test staff for rubella, and TB tests, improper use of and sterilization of medical instruments and devices, including a vaginal ultrasound and several other sanitary and safety violations involving patient care and many other administrative deficiencies. This facility also provides “family planning services.”
“It is unconscionable that Phil Murphy wants to force the hard working citizens of NJ to fund an organization that is so unworthy of our tax dollars. Using scare tactics to say that women are dying and getting STDs because Planned Parenthood did not get their hands on our tax dollars for the last 8 years has been consistently refuted and is so over the top and irresponsible,” said NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy.
“This is an organization that proves time and again that they don’t care about women, only their bottom line, and NJ voters should not be forced to fund them with our tax dollars. Planned Parenthood is a private, non-profit organization that has the ability to raise their own funds. Phil Murphy, who can well afford to use his billions to support Planned Parenthood, is free to do so through his own bank account, but his pledge to force NJ taxpayers to fund them shows a serious lack of judgment on his part,” said Tasy.