The conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom has updated its 2011 investigative report to the U.S. Congress on Planned Parenthood, charging the abortion giant, along with other “family planning” groups, with abuse, waste, and potential fraud totaling over $100 million in tax funding. The ADF's original report, prepared in cooperation with the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List for a congressional investigation led by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), identified a dozen types of potential fraud committed by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation, “that may amount to multiple millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer money,” the ADF said at the time.
Among the potential Planned Parenthood fraud was over-billing to federal Title XIX Medicaid agencies for medications and services provided in connection with abortion procedures — which is illegal under federal law. In addition, the ADF investigation found evidence of over-billing on Plan B contraceptives, billing for services that were unnecessary, multiple billings for initial pre-natal visits by patients, and incorrectly billing on other services.
The latest report, released April 10, supplements the earlier investigation, and reasserts the charge that “Planned Parenthood’s primary motivation is to maximize its revenues from complex, well-funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.”
The updated reported states that as additional evidence of potential fraud and abuse on the part of Planned Parenthood affiliates has been uncovered, along with evidence of negligent treatment of women by the abortion provider, it becomes increasingly evident “that Planned Parenthood is far less concerned with providing competent healthcare to women than it is with padding its bottom line with taxpayer dollars, which in fiscal year (FY) 2012 totaled $542 million.”
ADF Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster said that American taxpayers “deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are abusing it. When it comes to accountability and transparency, Planned Parenthood’s publicly-funded, billion-dollar abortion empire has to play by the same rules as everyone else.”
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Photo at top shows Planned Parenthood facility in Houston