Report Seeks Probe of Planned Parenthood; Pro-Life Researchers Claim to Find Financial Problems

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Report Seeks Probe of Planned Parenthood; Pro-Life Researchers Claim to Find Financial Problems


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A report released Thursday on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America called for lawmakers to investigate what the pro-life researchers called a scandal-ridden group.

Researchers with Americans United for Life (AUL) have examined 20 years of records and found systemic financial irregularities and other abuses in Planned Parenthood, said Charmaine Yoest, AUL president and chief executive.

It's really, really time to take a very hard look at [Planned Parenthood] and what it is that they are doing with our money, she said.

Planned Parenthood gets $363 million a year from taxpayers, added Mrs. Yoest. ACORN wasn't getting that much money and yet we had hearings to look into how they were spending our money, she said, referring to the now-defunct community activist group that was investigated and officially defunded by Congress over its shady activities.

A reaction from Planned Parenthood was not immediately available.

However, Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, praised Planned Parenthood for its honorable and noble endeavors.

Planned Parenthood saves lives of teenage girls and women every day, said Ms. O'Neill. And that's not something that this Americans United For Life, whoever they are, can say about themselves.

Ms. O'Neill also criticized policy priorities on Capitol Hill, saying that the current leadership clearly cares more about systematically depriving women of health care than they care about putting our economy on the right track.

Separately, Planned Parenthood has been vigorously protesting state efforts to defund it over its abortion services.

It is outrageous that Gov. [Scott] Walker would take away health care from thousands of women and families in Wisconsin, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in late June, referring to that state's actions to defund her organization. …

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