Report: abortion providers get more taxpayer money than you may think

Catholic News Agency | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2018 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three major abortion providers received more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds over a three-year period, with a significant portion of the funds going to Planned Parenthood affiliates under legal scrutiny for allegedly selling fetal tissue and other violations.

The Government Accountability Office studied taxpayer funding that went to three organizations that perform abortion: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Marie Stopes International, and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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Between 2013 and 2015, these organizations spent $410 million in federal funding and received $1.2 billion in combined federal and state funds under federal programs in which funding must be shared.

“In short, more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars went to abortion providers over a three-year period,” said a March 8 statement from both the investigating Members of Congress and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

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More than 120 members of the House and Senate requested the study, which was led by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

Ernst said the report “illustrates the absurd amount of taxpayer dollars funding the nation’s single largest provider of abortion services, Planned Parenthood, and its international affiliate organizations.”

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“More than $1.5 billion in tax payer’s dollars should not go to an organization with such blatant disrespect for human life,” she said.

While federal rules limit federal funding for abortions, Planned Parenthood receives federal funding for other services related to preventive care, reproductive health, and diagnostics.

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Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said the report means Congress should “finally follow through on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.”

“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...
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