To the editor:
In 2012 the Alliance Defense Fund compiled state and federal audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates, concluding that "thirty-eight federal audits of state family-planning programs by HHS-OIG (Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) found between $88 million and $99 million in overbilling. The federal audits detailed 'unbundling' billing schemes related to pre-abortion examinations, counseling visits, and other services performed in conjunction with an abortion; and improper billing for abortions themselves. In New York alone during one four-year audit period, it appears that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of abortion-related claims were billed illegally to Medicaid."
The Health and Human Services report found New York abortion clinics illegally billing Medicaid for abortions. One New York clinic billed taxpayers for nearly 4,000 abortions during the audit period.
"One federal audit ("Review of Clinic and Practitioner Claims Billed as Family Planning Services under the New York State Medicaid Program," A-02-07-01037, November 2008) noted that 27 of the 119 claims in the sample were abortion procedures, and one provider was responsible for 25 of them," says a footnote in the Alliance Defense Fund report.
Planned Parenthood receives about a third of its money in government grants and contracts - $360 million in 2009 alone. By law, federal funding cannot be allocated for abortions. Planned Parenthood continues to claim that they somehow keep federal and state taxes separate from their abortions, but these audits prove that this is a lie. Many of these cases have been referred for criminal prosecution, but the U.S. Department of Injustice refuses to act.
Planned Parenthood first officially began performing abortions in 1970 in Syracuse. Planned Parenthood operates a chain of abortion mills throughout the United States; these abattoirs have ended the lives of over 300,000 babies each year. It is past the time to demand Congress take real action to stop taxpayer-funded abortions in America once and forevermore!