Republicans Ask GAO How Many Tax Dollars Go to Planned Parenthood

Republicans Ask GAO How Many Tax Dollars Go to Planned Parenthood BY MARK TAPSCOTT for The Epoch Times

WASHINGTON—A huge group of Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives joined in signing a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro asking that he update a 2018 study by the General Accounting Office (GAO), which he heads, that found Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in federal tax money every year.

“Taxpayer funding of abortion must end,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said in a joint statement on the May 10 letter. “A growing majority of Americans agree with this fact.”

Blackburn said public opposition to tax-paid abortions “is the underlying reason we are requesting this report, so that we have verified figures of every taxpayer dollar going to big abortion entities such as Planned Parenthood.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said, “Planned Parenthood boasts of performing more than 321,000 abortions a year, while also receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.

“American citizens should know exactly how many of their hard-earned tax dollars go to support this organization and the abortion industry at large, which is why an updated report from the GAO will be so valuable.”

The congressional auditing agency reported last year that more than $1.6 billion in federal money went to Planned Parenthood (PP), its international affiliate, and the similar abortion-provider Marie Stopes International during the fiscal years 2013 to 2015.

“National Planned Parenthood affiliates received the majority of this funding, approximately $1.5 billion, or about $500 million annually. Other abortion providers received the remainder of the funds,” according to the joint statement.

In their request, the 121 co-signers of the letter to Dodaro—including 28 GOP senators and 93 Republican representatives—asked GAO to update its data for the three named organizations for the years 2016 to 2018.

The letter further requested that GAO also compile data for the “four of the largest additional abortion provider networks in the United States,” as well as for the more than 13,500 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Concerning the FQHCs. the letter asked that GAO compile “detailed statistics on the number of people served, types of visits provided, and preventative services provided through” the facilities, and noted that the centers “provide comprehensive life-affirming care to women and children that excludes abortion.”

There are two FQHCs for every one PP clinic, according to the letter.

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