Rep. Blackburn urges 'full-scale' Planned Parenthood investigation


In her letter, Blackburn specifically cites the Alliance Defense Fund report as justifying further action.

"If Planned Parenthood is defrauding the Treasury to meet its abortion quota, then the American people deserve answers in an open and transparent series of congressional hearings," Blackburn said. "Congress needs to take leadership now. House Republicans shouldn't settle for inaction in the face of injustice."

Specifically, the report found that:

• From 1995 to 2009, audits of seven Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York, California, Washington and Texas revealed significant fraud, waste and abuse amounting to $7,867,547.15;

• Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide are involved in 12 types of potential fraud, including fraudulent billing and reimbursement by Title XIX agencies for medications and/or services provided in connection with an abortion; and 

• One in five Planned Parenthood affiliates in the United States is implicated in waste, abuse and potential fraud either by publicly available audits or federal lawsuits that have come against them.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America dismissed the report as coming from the same groups behind Susan G. Komen's defunding decision.

"This document is part of a campaign by conservative groups seeking to outlaw access to reproductive healthcare and uses recycled or overstated allegations," the group said in a statement. "Planned Parenthood takes seriously its role as a trusted healthcare provider. PPFA and its affiliates have a strong record of fiscal responsibility and compliance with laws applicable to the receipt and use of government funds. If a potential irregularity is identified, it is taken seriously and handled swiftly and appropriately."