GAO Report Finds More Than 1.5 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Went to Abortion Providers Over Three Years

Posted: Mar 08, 2018 11:40 AM
GAO Report Finds More Than 1.5 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Went to Abortion Providers Over Three Years

The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday detailing the amount of federal funding three major abortion providers received and spent over a three-year period between 2013 and 2015. The report found that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) spent $410 million in federal funding within that time period and received, in addition to those expenditures, $1.2 billion combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding for a grand total of over $1.5 billion.

The study, led by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN), Pete Olson (R-TX), and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) was initially requested by 120 members of the House and Senate in 2016.

According to Black’s office, four of the five Planned Parenthood affiliates cited in the report as spending the largest amounts in federal funding during this time period were later subject to referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal misconduct regarding fetal tissue transfer. The DOJ has confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.

Pro-life members of Congress expressed surprise and disappointment that so much federal funding has been going to abortion providers.

"Industry giants like Planned Parenthood perform more than 320,000 abortions every year, and this GAO report exposes that these atrocities are done at the expense of taxpayers,” Rep. Black commented. “No matter our views on abortion, or the party label beside our name, we must ensure that our money is spent responsibly and with integrity. Abortion is not family planning. Abortion is family destruction, and the fact that $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars is funneled to this industry is sickening. The American people deserve better."

Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions over this past year, according to their latest annual report.

“This report once again illustrates the absurd amount of taxpayer dollars funding the nation’s single largest provider of abortion services, Planned Parenthood, and its international affiliate organizations,” Sen. Ernst commented on the GAO study. “More than $1.5 billion in tax payer’s dollars should not go to an organization with such blatant disrespect for human life.”

Sen. Ernst cited a bill she introduced in the Senate to redirect Planned Parenthood funding to other women’s healthcare providers.

“We have made great strides to protect life under the Trump administration,” Ernst added, “but there is more work to be done, and we remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society.” 

“I thank the GAO for helping to shed a light on how American taxpayer money goes to organizations that promote or perform abortions,” said Rep. Olson. “I remain committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting the unborn, and we deserve full transparency on tax dollars for these organizations.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) pointed out that President Trump has already acted to prevent international abortion providers, like Marie Stopes and IPPF, from receiving federal funding. He suggested a similar provision for domestic funding.

“Under President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, international abortion groups, like MSI and IPPF, must agree to not perform or promote abortion in order to receive taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Smith emphasized. “This reform ensures that US international aid funds life-affirming care for both women and children. A similar protection should become the standard for all government funding; abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood – responsible for killing more than 7 million unborn children – must no longer be subsidized by the American taxpayer.”