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Statement of Americans United for Life President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest

July 14, 2011

News Conference hosted by Rep. Renee Ellmers and Rep. Randy Hultgren

At the Rayburn House Office Building

On the need for Congressional Hearings and Investigation of Planned Parenthood based on AUL’s report “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.”

Thank you Congresswoman Ellmers and Congressman Hultgren for hosting this event today and for your principled stand on behalf of the American taxpayer against federal subsidies for the abortion industry.

By Planned Parenthood’s own accounting, $363 million—one-third of its budget annually—comes from the American taxpayer.  While Congress is discussing going deeper in debt and raising the debt ceiling. . . our government is quietly subsidizing the world’s largest abortion provider with $1 million a day.

AUL’s Report documents that as the government funding of Planned Parenthood has doubled since 1998, the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has also doubled.”

According to last year’s Government Accounting Office audit of Planned Parenthood, in the six years between 2002 and 2008, the abortion giant spent $657.1 million dollars of taxpayer money.

However, AUL’s legal team has documented that Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports from that same time period show over $2 billion dollars in unspecified “government grants and contracts.”

That’s a remarkable discrepancy. $657 million dollars. . . or $2 billion dollars. Which is it?  And what was the money used for? During this same time period, Planned Parenthood performed over 2 million abortions.  The American taxpayer deserves an accounting from Planned Parenthood for its use of scarce tax resources and they deserve to know just how much money is really flowing into the abortion industry.

These questions are even more pressing given the track record of Medicaid fraud demonstrated by Planned Parenthood local affiliates.  The AUL Report documents four cases – in California, New York, New Jersey and Washington state — where Planned Parenthood affiliates have been exposed for fraudulent overbilling practices.

American taxpayers are being forced to directly support this abortion-saturated organization which is fraught with fraud and misuse of government monies.

We are very grateful to the Members of Congress who have stepped forward today to take a stand on behalf of the American taxpayer in calling for an investigation and hearings into Planned Parenthood and its systemic abuse of federal funding.

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