Kathleen Gilbert

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New report makes case for nation-wide Planned Parenthood investigation

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following years of research involving over two decades’ worth of records, Americans United for Life has released a groundbreaking analysis of the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, and the “systemic financial irregularities” they say is evidenced in the heavily tax-funded organization.

The group says AUL legal team researchers examined countless Planned Parenthood records, law enforcement reports, and other materials, to discover the financial history of an organization that receives more than $363 million in federal taxpayer funding each year.

The report includes evidence of a “pattern of misuse” of federal health care and family planning funds, failure to report child sexual abuse, skirting of parental involvement laws, assisting prostitution and sex trafficking, misuse of the dangerous abortion drug RU-486, as well as other violations. (View the full report here.)

AUL leaders say the evidence unveiled should prompt a federal investigation.

“Americans United for Life is calling for a Congressional investigation and hearings into the nation’s largest abortion provider,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This report provides the intellectual foundation for an investigation of Planned Parenthood as well as revealing gaps in the information available to the American taxpayer, who is forced to subsidize the politically powerful abortion industry.”

Yoest noted that defunding the abortion industry “comes from the grassroots,” as polls have found over 70 percent of American taxpayers against subsidizing the abortion industry. “This is a bi-partisan budget cut available for Congress and every state,” she said.

A number of states have begun the process of defunding abortion providers, though recent efforts in Indiana have garnered the most media attention. Those states include New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio.

The AUL report documents known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, and is intended to be a tool for use in investigating the nation’s largest abortion provider. The group says the report is part of a plan “to end taxpayer subsidies to the abortion industry, to protect women, and to effectuate legal rights for all human beings.”

AUL also points out how the well-funded abortion organization pays back the politicians that support it: since the 2000 election cycle, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have disbursed at least $6.8 million through direct contributions and independent expenditures benefiting federal candidates for office. In the 2010 cycle alone, Planned Parenthood and affiliates spent nearly $1.6 million in federal races.

“It is time to find out what happens behind Planned Parenthood’s closed doors and to receive full accounting for the funds taken from American taxpayers to support the abortion industry,” said Dr. Yoest.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the report, click here.

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