This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing where federal taxpayer dollars actually went in funding health-related activities between 2013 and 2015. A third of the money spent funding Planned Parenthood affiliates ($1.5 billion) went to specific affiliates involved in a criminal investigation following the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials selling baby parts.
Between 2013 and 2015, a full $544 million went not just to Planned Parenthood-affiliated organizations, but ones specifically named in a criminal referral to the Department of Justice.
“It is bad enough that the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, continues to receive more than half a billion dollars a year from American taxpayers while embroiled in the horrific scandal of harvesting babies’ body parts for profit. Now we can see that the worst offenders benefit most from taxes paid by America’s working men and women,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.
She called for the removal of federal funds from the nation’s largest abortion provider. “This outrageous abuse of public trust must end,” Dannenfelser said. “Planned Parenthood does not deserve our compulsory donations every paycheck.”
The SBA List president also noted that the nation’s largest abortion provider is far from alone in serving fertility health needs. “Community health care alternatives outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities more than 20 to 1 nationwide and could make infinitely better use of those funds to provide comprehensive health care for women and families. We call on Congress to finally follow through on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all,” she said.
Below are the four affiliates named in the congressional criminal referral, and how much money each received from taxpayers, according to the GAO report. A fifth affiliate not named in the referral nevertheless has a connection to the baby parts scandal, and also received a large sum of federal funding.
1. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte — $229 million.
According to documents unearthed by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte had a “financially profitable” relationship with StemExpress, a medical research company involved in selling fetal baby parts acquired in abortion.
According to the GAO report, this affiliate received $220.65 million from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and $8.34 million in indirect and direct federal expenditures.
2. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles — $106 million.
An abortionist at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Deb Nucatola, emerged in the first CMP video explaining how to carry out an abortion in a way that preserves the baby’s organs.
According to the GAO report, this affiliate received $103.05 in Medicaid reimbursements and $3.02 million in indirect and direct federal expenditures, totaling $106.07 million.
3. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest — $106 million.
Another CMP video, released on September 1, 2015, featured Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest former medical director Dr. Katharine Sheehan. Sheehan testified that the organization supplied organs to Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) for more than ten years. ABR charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen. In each transaction, the abortion facility receives $60 of that money.
The GAO report listed $103.43 million going to this affiliate through Medicaid, and another $2.07 million in direct and indirect federal expenditures, totaling $105.5 million.
4. Planned Parenthood Northern California — $104 million.
The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred Planned Parenthood Northern California along with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). These abortion clinics disclosed identifiable private medical information about patients to StemExpress in the interest of meeting the company’s baby organ quotas.
According to the GAO report, this affiliate received $99.55 million in Medicaid reimbursements, $0.09 million in Medicare reimbursements, and $4.41 million in direct and indirect funding, totaling $104.05 million.
5. Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties — $118 million.
While not named in the congressional criminal referral, Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties supplied baby parts to DV Biologics, which admitted violating federal law and shut down late last year as part of a settlement with the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
“This settlement seized all profits from DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, which they acquired by viewing body parts as a commodity and illegally selling fetal tissues for valuable consideration. These companies will never be able to operate again in Orange County or the state of California,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.
Even so, between 2013 and 2015, the Planned Parenthood affiliate involved with this company received $105.57 million in Medicaid reimbursements and $12.72 million in direct and indirect federal funding.
In just the three years between 2013 and 2015, taxpayers gave $663 million to affiliates of the nation’s largest abortion provider which were implicated in selling baby parts for profit.
According to a recent poll, 60 percent of Americans oppose federal funding going to abortion. How many more would oppose federal funding going to organizations that sell aborted baby parts for profit?
Let’s see what Fusion GPS — the firm infamous for compiling the Trump-Russia dossier and attacking Mitt Romney donors in 2012, and which defended the nation’s largest abortion provider in the wake of the CMP videos — can cook up to justify this bilking of the American taxpayers.