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Media Advisory: Freshmen Congressmen Call Thursday News Conference to Discuss Hearings and Investigations of Planned Parenthood Based on Americans United for Life Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-13-11) – Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) have invited Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest, along with other Members of Congress, for a Thursday news event discussing the implications of AUL’s “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.”

In a letter to Members, Rep. Ellmers wrote, “I invite my colleagues to review the findings of this Report and to join us on Thursday as we voice our concerns about the issues raised by AUL’s Report and express our renewed commitment to seeking accountability for taxpayers and for investigating whether taxpayers are funding an organization that misuses government funding and violates state laws.

I will be hosting a press conference on Thursday, July 14, 2011 together with Rep. Randy Hultgren to discuss the AUL Report’s extensive documentation of the systemic fraud and abuse inherent within Planned Parenthood and the need for Congress to investigate how Planned Parenthood is using federal money.”

The Specifics:

Who: Rep. Renee Ellmers, Rep. Randy Hultgren, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, and others to be announced.

What: Ellmers/Hultgren News Conference on new Americans United for Life report on “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.”

When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12pm

Where: 2360 Rayburn – Small Business Committee Hearing Room

TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE AT THE EVENT, media should contact Thomas Doheny in Rep. Ellmers office at (202)-225-4531.

In her letter, Ellmers discussed the findings in AUL’s ground breaking work.

“The AUL Report is a product of AUL’s legal team reviewing over 20 years of Planned Parenthood’s public reports and promotional material, audit reports and financial statements, as well as primary source material from investigations into and charges made against Planned Parenthood and its affiliates across the nation.  Among other offenses, the AUL Report outlines Planned Parenthood’s record of overbilling government health care programs, failing to report the sexual abuse of minor girls, violating state parental involvement laws, and opposing legislation introduced to protect women and young girls.  AUL’s Report also found that as government funding of Planned Parenthood has doubled, so has Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.”

For more information about the report, go to: www.aul.org.