WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report showing that over a three-year period, groups that advocate for or whose affiliates perform abortions have received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government.
The report was generated after U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and more than 70 other House and Senate Members sent a letter to the GAO requesting data on federal funding for organizations whose allegiance to policies that encourage elective abortion-on-demand is well-known. They include Planned Parenthood, Population Council, International Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The letter requested information for the three-year period from 2010-2012.
The GAO report found that "the six organizations spent $481 million in federal funding from Fiscal Years 2010 to 2012, as well as about $1.2 billion in combined federal and state funds under federal health programs that require shared funding. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) spent the greatest share of this public funding -- approximately $1.5 billion in combined state and federal dollars, or an average of about $500 million each year."
Commenting on the report, the Director of FRC's Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, said the data found by the GAO is disappointing but unsurprising.
"The Obama Administration is committed to advancing a pro-abortion agenda and continually has placed the demands of abortion advocates and providers at the top of its public health agenda for six years, all the expense of taxpayers.
"The GAO report only further demonstrates President Obama's desire to promote abortion and abortion-causing drugs above the health and well-being of mothers and their unborn children by funding abortion advocacy groups. Unborn children have no standing in the current Administration's eyes, and the effects of abortion on their mothers is inconsequential to the Obama administration.
"In light of the immense amount of federal money pouring into organizations like Planned Parenthood, I urge all pro-life members of Congress to support H.R. 217, the 'Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act' sponsored by Rep. Diane Black and co-sponsored by 143 of her colleagues. The passage of this vitally important legislation would prohibit the distribution of Title X family planning money to entities that use abortion as a method of family planning," concluded Grossu.
Read the full GAO report HERE.