WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-09-12) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called the federal lawsuit made public on Friday “even more evidence that the American taxpayer is being defrauded by Planned Parenthood.” The lawsuit Johnson v. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Dr. Yoest made the following statement: “This case bravely brought by AUL’s Senior Advisor Abby Johnson is more evidence of Planned Parenthood’s harmful and dishonest practices and cannot be ignored. With such evidence consistently building, the American public deserves answers.  Currently, taxpayers are forced to give over $1 million dollars a day in tax monies to this organization under investigation. AUL calls on Congress to continue its investigation of the nation’s largest abortion provider and to hold public hearings.

“AUL wrote ‘The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood’ in part because of troubling reports of financial improprieties, among other concerns. It is time for Planned Parenthood to open its books, be fully investigated and held accountable for its egregious misuse of American taxpayer dollars.”

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, now Senior Policy Advisor at AUL, is suing under the Federal False Claims Act and Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act that allows “whistleblowers” with inside information to expose fraudulent billing.

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