Publication date: 12/1/2011 by American Life League
In June of 2010, STOPP broke the news of Planned Parenthood’s missing millions in the Washington Times. The information we gleaned in the course of our investigation made it clear that Planned Parenthood had refused to turn over its internal audits to the Government Accountability Office, forcing the GAO to rely on publicly available records to conduct its investigation into the abortion giant’s receipt and expenditure of government monies.
The GAO report raised more questions than it answered. Relying on publicly available information, the GAO was able to account for Planned Parenthood’s expenditure of just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth’s own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period. That’s not pocket change. We raised the question at the time: Why the discrepancy?
Since then, American Life League has been calling for Planned Parenthood to release its internal audits.
On Sept. 15, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood. The letter requests, among other items, “all internal audit reports conducted by PPFA and its affiliates from 1998 to 2010. If not clearly indicated in the audit reports, please detail how much PPFA and each affiliate expended and received in Title XIX Medicaid funding, Title X family planning funding, and any other federal funding.”
The letter also requests accountability from the abortion giant regarding improper billing and overbilling; segregation of federal monies from its abortion business; audits by state agencies that are not publicly available; information on PP facilities that receive Title X funds and commit or refer for abortion; documentation of how PP detects, prevents, and reports criminal conduct; and procedures and policies to ensure that all cases of suspected sexual abuse and sex trafficking are reported.
To view the entire letter from the Energy and Commerce Committee to Planned Parenthood, click here.
We commend the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for taking Planned Parenthood’s lack of accountability seriously and for taking steps to hold the abortion giant’s feet to the fire.