Thursday, July 07, 2011
And based on what they discovered, they want Congressional action now.
“Americans United for Life is calling for a Congressional investigation and hearings into the nation’s largest abortion provider,” AUL president Charmaine Yoest told LifeNews.com in a Wednesday statement. “This report provides the intellectual foundation for an investigation of Planned Parenthood as well as revealing gaps in the information available to the American taxpayer, who is forced to subsidize the politically powerful abortion industry.”
“Momentum for defunding the abortion industry comes from the grassroots. More than 70 percent of taxpayers, whether pro-life or pro-abortion, agree that they don’t want their tax monies subsidizing the abortion industry. This is a bi-partisan budget cut available for Congress and every state.”
Yoest said Congress needs to follow the example of several states that have already stopped or cut Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding, including New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio. The AUL report substantiates, synthesizes, and gives clear direction for the case against Planned Parenthood, which enjoys one-third of a billion in taxpayer support as a result of its intensive lobbying efforts, Yoest noted.
Since the 2000 election cycle, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have disbursed at least $6.8 million through direct contributions and independent expenditures benefiting federal candidates for office. In the 2010 cycle alone, Planned Parenthood and affiliates spent nearly $1.6 million in federal races.
“It is time to find out what happens behind Planned Parenthood’s closed doors and to receive full accounting for the funds taken from American taxpayers to support the abortion industry,” Yoest said.