Congress Sends Letter Requesting Information From Planned Parenthood to Justify Funding

Congress Sends Letter Requesting Information From Planned Parenthood to Justify Funding

The House Oversight Committee has sent a letter to Planned Parenthood requesting seven pieces of information for justification of continued federal funding for the giant abortion mill. Congress wants their answers by next week. This letter was motivated by the now infamous videos from The Center for Medical Progress and their sting operation on Planned Parenthood and their representatives. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) state in the letter: “Recently released videos implicate Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in potentially unlawful transactions involving fetal tissue. In the videos, Planned Parenthood representatives discuss the demand for certain body parts, the manner in which patient consent is solicited, pricing considerations, and the methods by which doctors manipulate procedures to ensure that tissues remain intact.” The letter further states, “The disturbing content of these videos raises questions as to whether federal funds are being used to finance the potentially illegal conduct described therein.” That’s an excellent question – one I’m sure Planned Parenthood does not want to answer under penalty of perjury.

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From TheBlaze:

The House Oversight Committee on Friday penned a letter to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards requesting seven documents or pieces of information be handed over by next week.

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The letter, authored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), noted the series of recent undercover sting videos that purport to show the abortion provider engaging in the sale of aborted fetal parts.

“Recently released videos implicate Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in potentially unlawful transactions involving fetal tissue,” the letter said. “In the videos, Planned Parenthood representatives discuss the demand for certain body parts, the manner in which patient consent is solicited, pricing considerations, and the methods by which doctors manipulate procedures to ensure that tissues remain intact.”

It added, “The disturbing content of these videos raises questions as to whether federal funds are being used to finance the potentially illegal conduct described therein.”

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The committee requested Richards provide seven items to Congress by August 28. Most of the requested information pertains to Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funding.

Item five requested that the abortion-provider provide a list of the 50 highest-paid employees. Item six requested a list of the “independently incorporated affiliates” that the organization supports, in addition to contact information.

The last requested piece of information requires Planned Parenthood to note “what procedures, services, or other medical treatments are available only or exclusively at a Planned Parenthood affiliate or health center that are covered by either a state’s Medicaid program or a health plan sold via a state exchange or HealthCare.gov under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

“Do not include services or procedures that could otherwise be provided by a private health care provider,” the letter added.

The House Oversight Committee also sent a similar letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burewell.

“According to its 2013-14 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood received more than $500 million in government funding in the last fiscal last year alone, accounting for more than 40 percent of the organization’s total revenue,” it said. “The Department of Health and Human Services provided a significant portion of the federal funds that Planned Parenthood received. It is not clear whether Planned Parenthood used any federal funds to support transactions involving fetal tissue.”

The letter requested information about which agencies within HHS provide funding or support to Planned Parenthood, the total amount of federal funding given to the abortion-provider since 2010, which restrictions are used when applying the funding and a list of services exclusively offered at Planned Parenthood.

The last item in the letter is a kicker. In it they ask Planned Parenthood to list “what procedures, services, or other medical treatments are available only or exclusively at a Planned Parenthood affiliate or health center that are covered by either a state’s Medicaid program or a health plan sold via a state exchange or HealthCare.gov under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” And they are told not to include services or procedures that could be procured at other medical facilities. That is a killer point because everything that Planned Parenthood does that is legal can be provided by another medical practitioner. Which means that Planned Parenthood is not necessary and that their continued funding by the US government is wasteful and is potentially funding criminal activity. Five other states are following suit and have already de-funded Planned Parenthood. At least twelve states are looking at doing the same and that number is sure to grow as more videos are released and public pressure builds. The days of the butchers of Planned Parenthood are numbered.

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