Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Hartzler, Olson, Blackburn Ask GAO For Transparency Of Federal Dollars Supporting Abortion Industry

May 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined 119 Members of Congress in requesting a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing how much federal money Planned Parenthood receives, in addition to several other domestic and international abortion providers.

“A majority of Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion,” Rep. Vicky Hartzler said, who chairs the House Values Action Team. “Planned Parenthood boasts performing more than 321,000 abortions a year while also receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. American citizens should know exactly how many of their hard-earned tax dollars go to support this organization and the abortion industry at large, which is why an updated report from the GAO will be so valuable.”

“Americans deserve to know how much of their tax dollars go to organizations that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “This report will provide needed transparency on taxpayer funding for groups that promote or perform abortions. We must shine a bright light on how every federal dollar is allocated. Since coming to Congress, I’ve fought for the sanctity of life and accountability in government spending. I’m pleased our request has strong support from both our House and Senate colleagues and look forward to reviewing the completed GAO report.”

“Taxpayer funding of abortion must end,” Senator Marsha Blackburn said. “A growing majority of Americans agree with this fact. It is the underlying reason we are requesting this report so that we have verified figures of every taxpayer dollar going to big abortion entities such as Planned Parenthood.”

In 2018, Congress received a report from the GAO revealing that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood, and Marie Stopes International received $1.6 billion in government funding over three years (FY2013-2015). National Planned Parenthood affiliates received the majority of this funding, approximately $1.5 billion, or about $500 million annually. Other abortion providers received the remainder of the funds. The report highlighted Medicaid reimbursements, Title X Family Planning Services, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP), and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) as key funding streams.

In the letter sent to the GAO today, Members from both Chambers requested federal funding information for FY2016-2018 for: (1) Planned Parenthood Federation of America; (2) International Planned Parenthood Federation; (3) Marie Stopes International; and (4) four of the largest additional abortion provider networks in the United States. 

The letter requests detailed statistics on the number of people served, types of visits provided, and preventative services provided through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) - centers which provide comprehensive life-affirming care to women and children that excludes abortion. There are over 13,500 FQHCs nationwide - 20 FQHCs for every one Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Text of the letter:

Dear Mr. Dodaro,

We are writing to request updated information on federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Marie Stopes International. We are also requesting similar data on several networks of abortion providers more localized than Planned Parenthood clinics and their affiliates, but still significant providers of abortion and reproductive health. Lastly, we are requesting updated information on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Proper oversight of public funds and programs is crucial for determining the value of the goods and services provided to and funded by the American taxpayer. The information sought in this inquiry is instrumental for policymakers and the public alike. It is our hope that we can work closely with you on this report to provide greater insight as Congress considers funding levels, and to provide transparency and openness for our constituencies and the general public. 

At the request of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) prepared a report dated March 6, 2018, on federal funds for certain organizations involved in health related activities for fiscal years 2013-2015. Prior to that, the GAO prepared a report dated March 20, 2015, governing fiscal years 2010-2012. We respectfully request an update to these reports for fiscal years 2016-2018, the most recent fiscal years with available data.

Accordingly, for fiscal years 2016-2018, please identify the following:

For the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (including affiliates):

  • The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and the expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
  • The federal agencies’ (such as the Administration for Children & Families and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that Planned Parenthood may provide) funding sources (e.g. block grants), and programs associated with these federal funds (including Medicaid and Title X);
  • How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).

For the International Planned Parenthood Federation (including affiliates) and Marie Stopes International (including affiliates):

  • The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
  • The federal agencies’ (such as the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that the groups in question may provide) funding sources, and programs associated with these federal funds (including funding provided by USAID missions);
  • How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).

For the following specified, domestic abortion providers (including affiliates): 

  • The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
  • The federal agencies’ (such as the Administration for Children & Families and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that any of these clinics may provide) funding sources (e.g. block grants), and programs associated with these federal funds (including Medicaid and Title X);
  • How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).

Specified, domestic abortion providers:

  1. Family Planning Associates;
  2. American Women’s Services;
  3. All Women’s Health Center;
  4. Whole Woman’s Health.

We respectfully request that your report also include information about Federally Qualified Health Centers. We seek detailed statistics on the number of individuals served, the types of visits provided, the preventative services provided, and the amount of federal funding allocated to FQHCs in 2016-2018.

We sincerely hope that this report will be completed in a timely manner and request a projection of its expected completion. Thank you for your attention to this request.

Sincerely,
Signers of the letter:
Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Mitch McConnell, Mike Lee, James Inhofe, Mike Crapo, Josh Hawley, James Risch, Steve Daines, Roy Blunt, Mike Braun, Kevin Cramer, Rand Paul, Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Todd Young, Pat Roberts, James Lankford, Michael Rounds, John Thune, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Bill Cassidy, Tim Scott, John Barrasso, Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer, Jerry Moran, Mitt Romney, Michael Enzi, Marco Rubio, Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Pete Olson, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Liz Cheney, Randy Weber, David Roe, Jeff Duncan, Jim Banks, Michael Conaway, Christopher Smith, Steve King, Jodey Arrington, Ralph Norman, Ann Wagner, Doug LaMalfa, Matt Gaetz, Michael Guest, Sean Duffy, Bill Johnson, Mo Brooks, Thomas Massie, Mark Meadows, John Joyce, Ken Buck, Bill Flores, Tim Burchett, Ted Budd, Ron Wright, Rob Wittman, Brian Babin, Robert Aderholt, Tim Walberg, Andy Biggs, Chuck Fleischmann, Jody Hice, Virginia Foxx, Mike Kelly, Alex Mooney, Ralph Abraham, Mike Johnson, Paul Gosar, John Moolenaar, Roger Marshall, Joe Wilson, Jim Hagerdorn, Jim Jordan, Robert Latta, Tom Cole, Bradley Byrne, Duncan Hunter, Brett Guthrie, William Timmons, Rob Bishop, Billy Long, Rick Allen, David Rouzer, Kevin Brady, Doug Lamborn, Kevin Hern, Steve Chabot, Gregory Steube, Jason Smith, Chip Roy, Tory Balderson, Michael Burgess, Scott Perry, John Rutherford, Mark Green, Steve Watkins, Glenn Grothman, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jackie Walorski, Bill Huizenga, Darin LaHood, Carol Miller, Greg Gianforte, Kenny Marchant, Trent Kelly, Daniel Lipinksi, Tom Graves, Louie Gohmert, John Ratcliffe, John Carter, Buddy Carter, Rick Crawford, John Shimkus, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, Gary Palmer, Morgan Griffith, Larry Buchson, Ted Yoho
 

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