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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Proof Congress Should Schedule Investigatory Hearings Immediately
Washington, DC – Today the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) detailed ADF’s latest report to Congress identifying waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on a media conference call. ADF attorneys prepared the report to aid Congress in its investigation of the nation’s leading abortion provider.
The full report, along with other relevant documents is available here: www.sbaprolife.org/ppwaste
Details outlined in the report include:
- From 1995 to 2009, audits of 7 Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York, California, Washington, and Texas revealed significant fraud, waste, and abuse amounting to $7,867,547.15.
- Twelve types of potential fraud being committed by Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, including fraudulent billing and reimbursement by Title XIX agencies for medications and/or services provided in connection with an abortion, illegal under federal law.
- 1 in 5 Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. are implicated in waste, abuse, and potential fraud either by publicly available audits or federal lawsuits that have come against them.
“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else. It certainly isn’t entitled to a penny of public funds, especially if it is committing Medicare fraud.”
“Organizations who receive such largess from taxpayers deserve scrutiny. Planned Parenthood’s current posture of entitlement is that of a spoiled teenager, not a mature non-profit committed to programs with integrity,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Congressman Stearns took a prudent and responsible action in committing to oversight hearings. There is much to scrutinize. We encourage him to pursue them now, and the Congress to watch closely.”
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.
The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of more than 330,000 Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.