7 former employees offer to testify against Planned Parenthood in congressional probe
December 7, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Seven former Planned Parenthood employees have expressed their support for Congress’ current investigation of the abortion giant, and offered to testify against the organization, in a letter released this week.
News broke in September that the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce had launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood to determine whether the group mishandles criminal conduct, or uses federal funding to pay for abortions.
In a letter addressed to leaders of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the former Planned Parenthood workers say they “have personally witnessed and can testify to the validity of specific concerns raised by subcommittee chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL).”
In particular, they say Planned Parenthood has failed to notify parents when an underage girl is seeking an abortion, to detect or report cases of coerced abortion or sex trafficking, and to properly segregate government funds away from abortion costs, among other violations.
The group also pointed out that Planned Parenthood receives “roughly $1 million per day in federal-state support.” “This alone would merit close government attention as to whether or not these funds are being spent appropriately,” they write.
The letter was circulated to Congressmen by the Susan B. Anthony List.
“The word about Planned Parenthood’s abuses is getting out,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser today. “In state after state, Planned Parenthood is engaged in financial malfeasance, exposing teenagers to harm, exploiting women and killing the unborn, all with the aid of millions in taxpayer dollars. These brave former employees know this must stop.”
Signatories to the letter include former Texas Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson, the author of “UnPlanned,” who has become a national spokesperson for the pro-life cause. Former Planned Parenthood workers Catherine Adair, Dr. Patti Giebink, Luis Maldonado, Sue Thayer, Ramona Trevino and Patricia Sandoval also signed.
The launch of the congressional investigation against Planned Parenthood topped off a year that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has called the “most difficult” in the organization’s history.
The organization’s year began with the release of uncover videos by the pro-life group Live Action showing Planned Parenthood employees appearing to help mock sex traffickers get abortions and other services for their underage prostitutes.
Then, in February, an historic amendment to defund Planned Parenthood passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House, but was ultimately defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
After Washington failed to defund Planned Parenthood, state legislatures immediately took the battle to their home turf. According to the SBA List State by State Scoreboard, Planned Parenthood has lost over $61 million from 9 states after they cut tax-based funding to the abortion giant. Those states include Florida, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.