GAO audit reveals that $1.5 billion went to three giant abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood and International Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, requested by more than 120 Members of the House and Senate and released today, found that over a three-year period more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars went to three of the largest abortion “providers” in the world: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

The study was led by Reps. Diane Black and Pete Olson and Senator Joni Ernst. Rep. Black’s office sent out a very helpful press release and a link to the full report.

There are many fascinating, revealing data points in the report. Here are just two.

#1. GAO “found that four of the five Planned Parenthood affiliates spending the largest amount of funds from federal programs during this period were later subject to referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal misconduct regarding fetal tissue transfer. The DOJ confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.”

NRL News Today has reported on this multiple times including here here, here, here, and here.

#2. The $1.5 billion figure consisted of $410 million in federal funding spent “between 2013 and 2015” and another $1.2 billion that PPFA, Planned MSI, and IPPF received in “combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding.”

In the press release Rep. Black (R-Tn.) said

I spent my entire career as a nurse fighting for the dignity of every human being, and I have witnessed the emotional, physical and psychological effects abortion has on mothers. All of us in the healthcare field took an oath to fight for life, and abortion destroys that. Industry giants like Planned Parenthood perform more than 320,000 abortions every year, and this GAO report exposes that these atrocities are done at the expense of taxpayers.

Rep. Olson (R-Tx.) added

“I thank the GAO for helping to shed a light on how American taxpayer money goes to organizations that promote or perform abortions. I remain committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting the unborn, and we deserve full transparency on tax dollars for these organizations.

Sen. Ernst (R-Iowa) said

“More than $1.5 billion in tax payer’s dollars should not go to an organization with such blatant disrespect for human life. That is why I introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect those dollars to federally qualified health centers that provide actual comprehensive care and family planning services for women.

And Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) discussed how the audit

“demonstrates the abortion industry’s push to integrate abortion into primary healthcare services. Thankfully, under President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, international abortion groups, like MSI and IPPF, must agree to not perform or promote abortion in order to receive taxpayer dollars. This reform ensures that US international aid funds life-affirming care for both women and children. A similar protection should become the standard for all government funding; abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood – responsible for killing more than 7 million unborn children – must no longer be subsidized by the American taxpayer.”