The Legal Battle to End Taxpayer Support for Planned Parenthood Abortions
- By Alan Sears
- Posted Apr 10, 2013
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The fight to preserve the sanctity of life in America requires tireless prayer, vigilance, and determination – and, more and more, that your Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys take on the formidable legal and political juggernaut that is Planned Parenthood.
According to its 2011-2012 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed a record-high 333,964 abortions … or nearly one million babies killed over the last three years. Even worse, the international abortion provider is financing a substantial portion of its activities through your tax dollars. Engaging our opponents at every level of the courts, our attorneys are seeking out ever-more effective means to block, inhibit, and bring to an end the efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to make their fortune off the killing of children in the womb.
Last year, we publicly released our report to Congress that identified nearly $100 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud committed by Planned Parenthood affiliates and other providers. Led by Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee and Rep. Pete Olson of Texas, 72 Members of Congress continue to press for the investigation of how Planned Parenthood has spent more than 2.3 billion of your federal taxpayer dollars over the last few years.
Last week, our attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and the Susan B. Anthony List in defense of Indiana’s freedom to exclude abortionists like Planned Parenthood from state funding through its Medicaid plan.
“Americans should not be forced to pay for abortions with their hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” says Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Indiana has sought to close the loophole that allows abortionists to obtain those taxpayer dollars. Any state has the freedom to make such determinations according to federal law. We trust the U.S. Supreme Court will ensure that every state retains the freedom to make this determination for its citizens.”
“Encouraged and aided by President Obama, Planned Parenthood has spent much of the last few years demanding taxpayers add millions more to its coffers, citing its so-called focus on women’s health,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Yet while government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all-time high, so too has the number of lives it has ended. Hoosiers – like other taxpayers across the country – are sick and tired of underwriting America’s largest abortion business.”
Taxpayers are just as frustrated in Washington state, where officials recently made public a federal lawsuit filed against Planned Parenthood by our attorneys in July 2011. We did so on behalf of Jonathan Bloedow, who – through state open records requests – discovered that Planned Parenthood has submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursement” to the state’s Department of Social and Health Services. (Our attorneys have filed two prior False Claims Act lawsuits against Planned Parenthood in Iowa and Texas.)
“Americans deserve to know, especially in economic times like these, if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” says Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton, a former U.S. Attorney. “Compliance with the law should not be sacrificed for the sake of Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. They have cheated the American taxpayer for too long. It’s time the abortion giant is held accountable.”
By God’s gracious mercies, and with the continuing gifts and prayerful support of friends like you, Alliance Defending Freedom is winning more and more battles for life – battles that are shaping the future of our laws and culture for your children and grandchildren. Please join me in praying for all of our attorneys as they work diligently to ensure our nation’s legal commitment to preserving life from conception.
Author: Alan Sears