Report: Planned Parenthood and Affiliates Cost Taxpayers at Least $12 Million in Fraud

According to a new report examining audits of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in multiple states, the nation's largest abortion provider and locations which work with it have cost taxpayers at least $12.8 million in fraud.

"The extent of waste and abuse in the nation's family planning programs, and specifically in those operated by Planned Parenthood, is beyond disturbing," Chuck Donovan, president of the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), declared in a statement announcing the report.

"Our updated report to Congress documents data from over 50 public audits that point to massive fraud, waste, and abuse by this billion-dollar abortion giant," declared Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. "In light of the now-established fact that nearly one in four Planned Parenthood businesses has been implicated in financial fraud or mismanagement, Congress has an opportunity—and obligation—to protect taxpayers."

Aden called on Congress to do "what the House of Representatives has twice voted to do: end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's most profitable abortionist, once and for all."

According to the report, entitled "Profit. No Matter What," written by CLI Senior Fellow Catherine Glenn Foster, audits revealed that Planned Parenthood affiliates have cost at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse, and potentially fraudulent over billing and penalties. Audits specific to Planned Parenthood facilities have uncovered $8.5 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud, in the form of Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments.

Planned Parenthood has 59 independent local affiliates which operate approximately 700 centers across the country. The organization receives roughly $360 million in federal assistance annually through Medicaid, Maternal, and Child Health block grants.

This report analyzed 51 known external audits and other reviews of Planned Parenthood affiliates' financial data and practices across the country: two in California, one in Connecticut, one in Illinois, two in Louisiana, one in Maine, one in Nebraska, seven in New York state, one in Ohio, three in Oklahoma, two in Texas, three in Washington state, and 27 in Wisconsin. Nearly all of the audits have found over billing.