Today the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortion during fiscal years 2013-2015. The report shows that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates spent $288 million in federal funds, and another 1.2 billion in funding from Medicaid (which includes a combination of federal and state funds) for a total of $1.5 billion during the three-year period.
The report is the first to break down funding amounts by Planned Parenthood affiliate, showing that $544 million – more than one-third of total funding – went to four affiliates that have since been referred to the Justice Department for investigation for their role in the harvest and sale of the organs of aborted babies.
The top five Planned Parenthood recipients are listed below, with the four bolded referred by Congress for criminal investigation:
- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – $229 million
Supplied organs to StemExpress; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Fulgerson is quoted in promotional materials that tout “financially profitable” partnerships between abortion facilities and the procurement company
- Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties – $118 million
Supplied organs to DV Biologics, which admitted violating federal law as part of a settlement with the Orange County District Attorney’s office
- Planned Parenthood Los Angeles – $106 million
Dr. Deb Nucatola, abortionist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, is seen in the first Center for Medical Progress video explaining how to manipulate the baby into breech position in a late-term abortion to get intact organs.
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- Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest – $105 million
According to former medical director Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest supplied organs to Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) for more than ten years. ABR charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen, from which abortion facilities were paid $60 per specimen.
- Planned Parenthood Northern California – $104 million
The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred Planned Parenthood Northern California (as well as Planned Parenthood Mar Monte) for systematic violations of HIPAA for disclosing individually identifiable, private medical information about patients to StemExpress to meet the company’s organ harvesting quotas.
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement in response:
“It is bad enough that the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, continues to receive more than half a billion dollars a year from American taxpayers while embroiled in the horrific scandal of harvesting babies’ body parts for profit. Now we can see that the worst offenders benefit most from taxes paid by America’s working men and women,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “This outrageous abuse of public trust must end. Planned Parenthood does not deserve our compulsory donations every paycheck. Community health care alternatives outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities more than 20 to 1 nationwide and could make infinitely better use of those funds to provide comprehensive health care for women and families. We call on Congress to finally follow through on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.”
In December of last year, the Justice Department confirmed a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, for its role in the harvest and sale of aborted babies’ body parts for profit.