Moreover, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has since January 2011 had an ongoing investigation of Planned Parenthood over abuses ranging from financial disparities to compliance with federal regulations, to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.
Those latter allegations include Planned Parenthood affiliates covering up cases of statutory rape; failing to report criminal child sex abuse; failing to report abortions of victimized teenage girls; and assisting sex traffickers in obtaining abortions for women and girls they victimize.
Now, the House Committee has received a recent report prepared by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) which cites nearly $100 million in waste and possible fraud by Planned Parenthood.
The ADF report cited 38 federal audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates in 19 states by the Inspector General’s Office at HHS that uncovered between $88-99 million in overbilling by Planned Parenthood affiliates from 1995-2009.
Moreover, the ADF report cites ten ongoing state audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates in California, New York, Texas, and Washington which have revealed 12 specific types of waste, abuse, and potential fraud involving over $8 million.
Those audits also revealed that Planned Parenthood had illegally billed for abortion-related procedures, a direct violation of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funds being used for abortions or abortion-related procedures.
In fact, advocates of efforts to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood argue that money the organization receives from taxpayers is fungible, freeing up money for Planned Parenthood to perform more abortions.
As one former Planned Parenthood clinic director has said, “At the end of the day, government reimbursements for family planning and payments from individuals for abortions goes into one bank account. There is no separation of funds.”
Thus, Planned Parenthood, according to the organization’s 2010 annual report, is able to sell abortions to nine out of every 10 pregnant women it encounters, earning the organization $164 million in revenue in the process.
Now, with those funds in increasing jeopardy, the organization’s powerful allies in the Obama administration, Democrat Party and mainstream media have rallied in its defense.
Most recently, that alliance was on full display with the decision by HHS to impose a mandate on virtually all employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives.
While the Obama administration failed to consult with the Catholic Church and the leaders of other religious groups before issuing the contraceptive coverage mandate, it did make sure to bring Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in as one of Obama’s top advisors on the issue.
Planned Parenthood repaid that seat at the table when its Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched recent TV ads in eight swing states, urging women to “thank President Obama” for “ensuring their access to birth control without co-pays.”
Planned Parenthood was also, of course, recently in the spotlight after the Susan G. Komen Foundation cut off $650,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood programs, preferring instead to directly fund clinics that perform mammograms, something Planned Parenthood facilities do not provide.
Komen was forced to rescind that decision after a torrent of media and political abuse, an assault which included 26 Democratic senators signing a letter that accused the charitable organization “of a politically motivated attack,” and urging it to “put women’s health before partisan politics.”
Of course — to be fair — given the decision to defund the Texas’s Women’s Health Program, putting partisan politics before women’s health is just standard operating procedure for the Obama administration and Planned Parenthood.
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