Reps. Hartzler, Olson, Sen. Blackburn Ask GAO for Transparency of Federal Dollars Supporting Abortion Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined 119 Members of Congress in requesting a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing how much federal money Planned Parenthood receives, in addition to several other domestic and international abortion providers.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

“A majority of Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion,” said Hartzler, who chairs the House Values Action Team. “Planned Parenthood boasts performing more than 321,000 abortions a year while also receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. American citizens should know exactly how many of their hard-earned tax dollars go to support this organization and the abortion industry at large, which is why an updated report from the GAO will be so valuable.”

“Americans deserve to know how much of their tax dollars go to organizations that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “This report will provide needed transparency on taxpayer funding for groups that promote or perform abortions. We must shine a bright light on how every federal dollar is allocated. Since coming to Congress, I’ve fought for the sanctity of life and accountability in government spending. I’m pleased our request has strong support from both our House and Senate colleagues and look forward to reviewing the completed GAO report.”

“Taxpayer funding of abortion must end,” said Senator Blackburn. “A growing majority of Americans agree with this fact. It is the underlying reason we are requesting this report so that we have verified figures of every taxpayer dollar going to big abortion entities such as Planned Parenthood.”

In 2018, Congress received a report from the GAO revealing that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood, and Marie Stopes International received $1.6 billion in government funding over three years (FY2013-2015). National Planned Parenthood affiliates received the majority of this funding, approximately $1.5 billion, or about $500 million annually. Other abortion providers received the remainder of the funds.

The report highlighted Medicaid reimbursements, Title X Family Planning Services, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) as key funding streams.

In the letter sent to the GAO today, Members from both Chambers requested federal funding information for FY2016-2018 for: (1) Planned Parenthood Federation of America; (2) International Planned Parenthood Federation; (3) Marie Stopes International; and (4) four of the largest additional abortion provider networks in the United States.

The letter requests detailed statistics on the number of people served, types of visits provided, and preventative services provided through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) – centers which provide comprehensive life-affirming care to women and children that excludes abortion. There are over 13,500 FQHCs nationwide – 20 FQHCs for every one Planned Parenthood clinic.