March 12, 2018

Not News: Planned Parenthood’s $1.6B Govt. $ in 3 Years, 40 Pct. to Parts-Selling Affiliates

Last week, the Government Accountability Office issued a report on government health care funding involving “federally qualified health care centers” and Planned Parenthood-associated organizations. It found that PP-associated entities received over $1.6 million in funding during fiscal 2013-2015. The overwhelming share of that funding came from Uncle Sam. Only pro-life sites and a few center-right outlets and blogs have covered this story — even though it’s quite newsworthy that over 40 percent of that funding went to PP affiliates involved in selling fetal tissue, aka aborted baby parts.

Additionally, an analysis of PP’s financials confirms that governments provide most of the group’s program services funding.

Life News covered the big picture Thursday:

The study … was requested by more than 120 Members of the House and Senate (all Republicans — Ed.). GAO found that these three organizations spent $410 million in federal funding between 2013 and 2015, and received $1.2 billion (in) combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. In short, more than $1.5 billion (actually over $1.6 billion) in tax dollars went to abortion providers over a three-year period.

GAO found that four of the five Planned Parenthood affiliates spending the largest amount of funds from federal programs during this period were later subject to referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal misconduct regarding fetal tissue transfer. The DOJ confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.

American United For Life analyzed the 2015 version of GAO’s report, finding that the “combined federal and state funds” referenced above are for “family planning services” provided through Medicaid, and “9 out of every 10 of the Medicaid dollars received by Planned Parenthood are federal dollars.” Obviously, the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s government funding is federal.

A separate Thursday Life News story showed that the GAO’s report showed that those top five affiliates received a total of $662 million, and that all were involved in fetal tissue transfers.

In addition to the criminal referrals of affiliates receiving $544 million mentioned above, PP’s Orange County-San Bernardino, California affiliate, which received $118 million, “supplied organs to DV Biologics, which admitted violating federal law as part of a settlement with the Orange County District Attorney’s office” in December (covered then at NewsBusters).

Thus, roughly 40 percent of all government funding of Planned Parenthood ($662 million divided by the total of $1.61 billion noted above) went to affiliates allegedly involved or proven to have been involved in selling aborted baby parts.

An analysis of PP’s financial statements during the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2013, and 2014, and 2015), the periods most closely coinciding with those covered by GAO (three years ended September 30, 2015), also shows that:

  • Its government funding figures closely agree with GAO’s.
  • All government funding goes to affiliates (i.e., not national headquarters).
  • Government funding covered over 60 percent of affiliates’ program services.



The large portion of PP’s program services covered by governments makes its shopworn claim that no federal funds pay for abortions extraordinarily difficult to accept.

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