Planned Parenthood, What Happened to the Money?

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has brought out an interesting mystery in regard to the federal funds given to Worse Than Murder, Inc, aka Planned Parenthood:

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) audits show the organization spent 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. Why the discrepancy?

The report (the first of its kind since 2002) was released in response to a request from 31 U.S. senators and representatives and in an atmosphere increasingly hostile to abortion. Not surprisingly, then, its findings are fueling an escalating outcry to defund Planned Parenthood.

Since 2009, at least five nationwide polls have confirmed that a majority of Americans consider themselves pro-life.

Someone, then, needs to explain to all those people why $2.3 billion in tax dollars have been doled out to an organization that admits to systematically having killed more than 1.8 million pre-born babies between 2002 and 2008 and then reports it only spent $657.1 million in federal dollars.

Has Planned Parenthood managed to tuck away megamillions of our tax dollars, seemingly unnoticed? Or is that much of its government funding coming from sources other than the federal government? Or is there a problem with the way Planned Parenthood is reporting its expenditure of our federal monies?

In just two weeks, Planned Parenthood will complete its 2009-10 fiscal year. Yet it still has not released its annual report for its 2008-09 fiscal year. In light of the discrepancy revealed in this GAO report, we must ask: What is Planned Parenthood trying to keep secret?

It’s time for Planned Parenthood to come clean – if such a thing is possible.

Yes, Planned Parenthood has other sources of government funding – state and local – but historical data indicate it is simply not believable that such a large amount of its funding is from local and state sources.

Go here to read the rest in an op ed by Rita Diller of the American Life League in the Washington Times.  More details of the report are here in a LifeNews story.  The GAO report may be read here.

Well what has Planned Parenthood been doing with the money?  Only Planned Parenthood knows, and they aren’t talking.  This story dramatically illustrates the lack of federal over-site in regard to the federal largess ladled out to Worse Than Murder, Inc, aka Planned Parenthood.

Last year Mike Pence (R.Ind) sponsored an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.  It was defeated 183-247. All but nine Republicans in the House voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, and all but 20 Democrats in the House voted against it.  Mike Pence and 29 other members of Congress were the instigators of the GAO report, and Pence has introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.  In an election year where irresponsible Federal spending is going to be the key issue, this is a perfect time to attempt to stop the federal subsidies to Worse Than Murder, Inc.

2 Responses to Planned Parenthood, What Happened to the Money?

  1. Eric Brown says:

    Thank you for sharing this Don.

    It reiterates my conclusions when researching the public funding of abortion. Though it does shall reveal what we were and were not doing while there was both a pro-life White House and Congress….at least pro-life relative to the current political reality.

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