Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Breaking News: Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood

This is really big:
In a Sept. 27 letter to Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) – the chairman of E&C's oversight subpanel, who launched the GOP investigation earlier this month, including a request for reams of documents related to funding – the Democrats argue that there's "no predicate that would justify this sweeping and invasive request to Planned Parenthood."

"The HHS Inspector General and state Medicaid programs regularly audit Planned Parenthood and report publicly on their findings," Waxman and DeGette wrote. "These audits have not identified any pattern of misuse of federal funds, illegal activity, or other abuse that would justify a broad and invasive congressional investigation."

Current law already prohibits the federal funding of abortion. But Planned Parenthood critics argue that, because money is fungible, there's no practical way for the group to isolate the private funds it receives for abortion services from the federal funds it receives for contraception and other family-planning programs.

As part of his investigation, Stearns has asked Planned Parenthood to turn over documents detailing "how the segregation between family planning and abortion services is accomplished … and what internal audits, controls or reviews are conducted to ensure this."

In a Sept. 15 letter to PPFA, Stearns also asked what procedures are in place "to ensure that suspected sex trafficking is reported to the proper authorities." Continue Reading.

1 comment:

Erica said...

Who wants to bet that the left is going to use this to cry, "Our country is in an economic crisis, and the GOP is wasting time and money fighting about abortion..."?