The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has verified that they are going to be investigating Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer funds. GAO agreed to this after getting a petition requesting an audit of Planned Parenthood. signed by 72 members of Congress.
In 2010, the GAO released a report that indicated significant discrepancies in Planned Parenthood’s reported spending and funding.
In the Republican-sponsored letter to the GAO, the lawmakers called on the agency to provide an update on how federal funds are being spent by organizations that provide abortion services.
“Planned Parenthood and other organizations who provide abortions are dependent on Uncle Sam, but there is no accounting with what they are actually using the money for,” said Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter, who along with Tennessee GOP Rep. Diane Black, is leading the push of an audit.
Last year, clinics affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 333,964 abortions and reported a record $1.2 billion in revenue generated, according to a report by Life Decisions International.
Taxpayer funding of the organization reached $538.5 million last year and accounted for 45.2 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total annual budget in 2011-2012.
Meanwhile, the organization is under renewed scrutiny after its Texas affiliate was forced to pay a $4.3 million at the end of July to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that the organization fraudulently billed Medicaid over $30 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“Federal and state auditors and investigators have specifically tabbed Planned Parenthood affiliates with at least $12.5 million in waste, abuse and ‘fraudulent overbilling’ of taxpayers. Former Planned Parenthood employees and others allege many millions more,” Casey Mattox, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, said after the settlement.
The alliance group has filed lawsuits against Planned Parenthood and has produced a report that it claims tracks the organization’s waste.
It’s about time. This investigation is way past due. Citizens should not be funding an abortion provider via taxes. If persons want to commit murder and support that immoral cesspool then they should do that on their own dime. Not using taxpayer’s money. And certainly not misusing taxpayer’s funds. Planned Parenthood needs to be held accountable for fraud or the misuse of taxpayer’s funds.