Indiana Right to Life Applauds GAO’s Investigation of Planned Parenthood

August 9, 2013

Investigation Will Likely Examine How Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Including Indiana and Kentucky, Spend Federal Money

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed this week it is launching an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of federal tax dollars. The decision to investigate comes after 69 representatives and senators, including Indiana’s Reps. Todd Rokita (IN-4) and Larry Bucshon (IN-8), requested the GAO to investigate in February.

“We are pleased this independent investigation will take a complete look at how Planned Parenthood is using tax dollars,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “In the fiscal year that ended in June 2012, Planned Parenthood received more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. Considering that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, doing 333,964 abortions in 2011, it is prudent for the federal government to evaluate exactly how federal dollars are being used by the organization.

“Furthermore, we expect the local affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, to fall under the GAO’s investigation as well. Indiana Planned Parenthood sites average a total of more than 5,000 abortions a year, yet they receive tax dollars. We believe that even if Planned Parenthood is technically barred from applying tax dollars to abortions, the flow of tax dollars frees up other revenue to be spent on supporting and expanding its abortion business.

“We believe this investigation will provide critical oversight and accountability for U.S. taxpayers at an important time. Just last month, a Texas-based Planned Parenthood affiliate quietly settled a Medicaid fraud case with the government for more than $4 million.”

The GAO investigation will also examine federal funds used by other organizations including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Guttmacher Institute, the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, the Population Council and Advocates for Youth.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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