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GOP seeks Planned Parenthood study with hope to strip funding

Dozens of Republicans in the House and Senate have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services are using taxpayer money.

Those spearheading the effort — Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.), Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) and Sen. David Vitter (La.) — are hoping the study confirms their suspicion that these groups are focusing more on abortion and less on other healthcare services. Black said this finding could be used to justify a reduction in federal funds to abortion providers.

"I firmly believe that organizations which both provide comprehensive health care and respect all life — both the born and unborn — are best equipped to offer the most effective health care services to those in need," she said in a press release. "My hope is that through greater transparency and accountability we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund abortion providers — once and for all."

Black added that Planned Parenthood showed in its latest report that they are providing more abortions and fewer other health services, all while federal funding has increased. "An independent study of the federal funding for abortion providers is necessary to further expose the truth of how these precious taxpayer dollars are truly being used," Black said.

Federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer funding for abortion. But opponents of Planned Parenthood argue that it is not clear the group is ensuring federal dollars are not used for abortions, as required. Olson said there are signs that Planned Parenthood has "failed to properly follow correct billing practices to prevent federal tax dollars from funding abortion services."

"This new report is critically needed to shine a bright light on how taxpayer funds are allocated," Olson said.

Sen. Vitter agreed that there is "no accounting" for how these groups use federal money.

Their letter to the GAO asks for a study on how much money Planned Parenthood, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and several other groups receive from the government. It also asks the GAO to identify the various federal sources of this money, how it was distributed, a list of all the services the groups provide, and the number of people being served in each category.

The letter was also signed by 63 Republican members of the House, and Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), James Risch (Idaho), and Tim Scott (S.C.).

by Anonymousreply 702/25/2013

Prediction: The study will miraculously disappear when it finds no tax dollars are used for abortion.

by Anonymousreply 102/25/2013

God forbid these fucking Republican assclowns work on something that really matters instead of this dog and pony show bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 202/25/2013

I dont know R2 They are insuring that they never win an election again. Certainly we can agree that is something that does matter for the rest of us.

by Anonymousreply 302/25/2013

You'd think that Senator Vitter would be more cautious about all this, granted his implication in the D.C. Madam scandal. If one of his hos had become pregnant, wouldn't he have wanted help?

by Anonymousreply 402/25/2013

David Vitter is such a piece of shit. Fucking hypocrite who claims to be all about "values" but cheats on his wife with hookers

by Anonymousreply 502/25/2013

When are the GOP going to realize that girls use Planned Parenthood also as a discounted, convenient way to get basic medical care, pap smears, and pregnancy tests for those who want to KEEP their baby? Some need the pill for reasons other than birth control as well. Why discriminate against all women?

by Anonymousreply 602/25/2013

Lest DL forget the hypocrisy of the junior senator from Louisiana.

by Anonymousreply 702/25/2013
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