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."More:
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.