Finally: Planned Parenthood Will Be Investigated By GAO For Use Of Tax Payers’ Money

Published on August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON –  The non-partisan Government  Accountability Office confirmed Thursday it is launching an investigation into  how the country’s largest abortion provider spent millions of taxpayer  dollars.

Planned Parenthood received more than a half billion dollars in federal  funding last year. The GAO’s investigation is in response to a request made by  more than 50 members of Congress in February who asked for a detailed report on  how money is being used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers  across the country.

Specifically, lawmakers want to know what procedures and services they  provided and the number of people who were served and how much it cost.

The GAO’s investigation comes on the heels of a settlement involving a Texas  affiliate of the organization, which paid $4.3 million in July to settle  allegations of fraud in billing to a health program for the poor. The settlement  was $3 million more than what had been announced earlier by the Texas Attorney  General.

However, when finalizing the settlement, which included state and federal  recovery money, Planned Parenthood strongly refuted claims it has frequently  over-billed the system.

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